Overview of the Development of Kaw Point Park

Kaw Point is now surrounded by industry and development. In 2001, the point itself still existed in an overgrown and neglected state. Volunteers began the process of building and improving the park in preparation for the Bicentennial commemorative event held on June 26-29, 2004.

The Wyandotte County Lewis and Clark Task Force, in partnership with the State of Kansas, Unified Government, local Convention and Visitors Bureau, various community organizations, and private funders, worked together to improve the site. Donations from local business and literally thousands of volunteers provided site clean-up, trail enhancement, infrastructure restoration, signage, historical interpretation, and visitor support services for the Bicentennial events.

Since 2004, a renewed effort by the newly organized Friends of Kaw Point Park, Inc. has resulted in significant improvements and additions to this legacy project. These included trail resurfacing, the construction of an amphitheater, installation of informational signage, flood mitigation work, and fundraising campaign for our future projects.

The upcoming projects will include a $12 million interpretive center, a return of an authentic paddle-wheel excursion boat, and an outdoor museum, as well as improvement of the trails, dock, and ramp.

Our goal is to raise $20 million to build this extraordinary historic destination.