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In 1989 the Prairie Gateway chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects initiated the first historic landscape survey in Missouri. The scope of the survey generally included boulevards and parks discussed in the original 1893 parks and boulevard system plan for Kansas City, and was undertaken in anticipation of the 1992 parks and boulevard system´s centennial celebration. In 1991, a second, supplementary survey was prepared. This survey covered the 29 parks and 31 boulevards planned and built during the period of 1893 to 1940.

The surveys are the result of the recognition that a process for preserving historic landscapes would require that they first be identified and documented. The resulting data could provide the basis for informed preservation decisions. The surveys were basically technical reports that arranged data into four principal categories.

  • History
  • Description
  • Integrity
  • Significance


In 1995 the survey results were presented in a book— A Legacy of Design—An Historical Survey of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Boulevards System, 1893-1940 . The editors were Janice Lee, David Boutros, Charlotte R. White and Deon Wolfenbarger. The book was published by the Kansas City Center for Design Education and Research in conjunction with the Western Historical Manuscript Collection–Kansas City. Survey results for Hyde Park parks and boulevards: