Mission achieves top distinction in ‘Communities for All Ages’ program for first time

Mission earned the award for applying the Cities for All Ages principles to its Parks and Recreation plan. Photo via Sylvester Powell, Jr., Community Center.
Mission earned the award for applying the Cities for All Ages principles to its Parks and Recreation plan. Photo via Sylvester Powell, Jr., Community Center

The city of Mission has for the first time earned the highest designation from the Mid-America Regional Council for its efforts to make the community more welcoming to people of all ages.

At a meeting today, the city will formally accept MARC’s Communities for All Ages gold level recognition. Mission is one of just three cities in the metro to earn a Communities for All Ages honor this year. Kearney and Lee’s Summit will both be recognized as well.

Mission has received Communities for All Ages honors before, but never the gold level. Last year, Mission earned a silver level distinction and Roeland Park earned a bronze level distinction. Those lower levels are given to cities taking meaningful effort to increase awareness of aging issues and the completion of a assessment of ways to improve the community for aging populations. To qualify for the gold level, a city must adopt a plan to address the needs identified in the silver level assessment.

Mission adopted an updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2017 that looked at future services through the lens of aging populations.

Among the moves it’s made as a result of its participation in the program are:

  • Adding seating to Johnson Drive Park, including a wheelchair-accessible picnic table.
  • Hosting confident cycling classes from BikeWalkKC to encourage more residents to bike.
  • Getting funding through the Safe Routes to Schools program for new bike lanes on Lamar Ave.
  • Hosting meetings with residents at Mission Square and The Welstone at Mission Crossing senior living communities.

You can learn more about Mission’s participation in the program on the city’s website here.

“Achieving the gold level recognition signals the community’s commitment to incorporating these principles and practices in a way that is fundamental to our service delivery,” said Mission Public Information Officer Emily Randel in a statement. “It becomes core to who we are and what we do.”

Mission hosted a program to increase cyclist confidence on the streets in June 2017.
Mission hosted a program to increase cyclist confidence on the streets in June 2017.