The City of Belton [†] is poised for success and continued growth due to its advantageous location in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Only 17 miles south of Kansas City, Missouri, on one of the newest stretches of interstate in the nation, Interstate 49, everything from major league sports to world-class shopping and dining are minutes away. In fact, I-49’s new interstate status has a direct correlation to Belton’s recent commercial growth.
Businesses and families establish themselves in communities where people want to live. High-quality parks contribute to an excellent quality of life, spurring economic development by attracting homebuyers and boosting residential property values. Belton knows firsthand the importance of a strong park system. Parks are an essential component of its infrastructure. The community supports seven parks, including a 59,000-square- foot wellness center with more than 11,000 members, an outdoor water park, and the area’s first all-inclusive public playground for children of all ages and abilities. In 2013, the park added Memorial Station, a state-of-the-art events building nestled in the heart of historic Memorial Park. This facility has become a gathering place for the community.
The park system includes Cleveland Lake that was completed in 2014 and serves a dual function. This project is part of the Storm Water Master Plan and was engineered for the purpose of being a major storm water feature. It includes a one-mile asphalt walking trail system, two boardwalks, three fishing jetties and a boat ramp for citizens, adding leisure and recreational facilities for public use. Belton is making every effort to attract future residents.
† Carolyn Yatsook, City of Belton Strategy for Economic Develpment, 2015, www.mocities.com, accessed April, 2021.
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