In addition to more than 30 restaurants, bars and shops, two live entertainment venues, a six-screen movie theatre and a gourmet grocery store, the Kansas City Power & Light District will offer downtown workers, residents and visitors an escape from the hustle-bustle of the city, with the announcement of its green Rooftop Park.
When designing the District, the City and The Cordish Company saw the value of including green space into the development plans. Green rooftops provide economic, conservation and aesthetic benefits. Although the initial cost of a green roof can be slightly higher than that of a conventional roof, the long term maintenance and energy cost savings, offset this increase.
Turning traditional gray asphalt or gravel blasted rooftops into useable extensions of the cityscape is smart building and one of the reasons why The Cordish Company is a leader in urban development. Green rooftops help minimize runoff and the demands put on the storm water retentions systems which in turn offer a savings to the community. In cities such as
Aside from the environmental and long-term cost savings benefits, rooftop gardens provide an aesthetic appeal in the community. The
“In addition to being a vibrant and beautiful green space, the park is just another example how the District is designed for a sustainable future for our downtown,” said Jon Stephens, president of the Kansas City Power & Light District. “Other eco-friendly features in the District include and iconic wind-powered clock tower, extensive bike parking and the use of low water landscaping.”
The 14,985 square foot park sits atop the Main Street Parking Garage, located on
A spring opening is planned for the park and official details will be announced soon. The park will be open daily from sunrise to sundown.