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Proposed youth entertainment district slated for KC Parks Board consideration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners will hear a proposal to build an entertainment district for youth Tuesday.

Pat Clarke is the man behind the proposal. Clarke has basketball courts at Oak Park near 44th and Benton where signs read “Pat Clarke Park.”

“If you go to other neighborhoods, they obviously have got way more. So it would be more fun, I think it would be better if we had a lot more down here,” said 17-year-old Carl Thompson as he played basketball with friends Friday. 

Teens in the city often flock to the Country Club Plaza or Independence Center to hang out. Each has had to institute either curfews or bans to try to stop the fights and other violence that sometimes follows them. 

“There’s nothing to do on the Plaza but shop. So if you are down there and you aren’t shopping, you are hanging out,

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