About Platte County Parks and Recreation

Since 2000, the parks system in Platte County has grown from a single 18-acre neighborhood park to six regional parks, over 30 miles of trails, and two indoor community centers with 150,000 square feet of health, wellness and aquatic space.

Partnerships are the foundation of the Platte County parks system. With leadership from the County Commission and Park Board, partnerships have been developed with every city, school district, and recreation non-profit organization in the county to provide recreational services. These collaborations help to keep our parks well maintained and safe while leveraging the dedicated tax dollars and avoiding duplication of services.

To view the current Parks Master Plan and learn more about our mission and goals click here.


  • Scott Fricker

    Presiding Commissioner

  • Dagmar Wood

    1st District Commissioner

  • Joe Vanover

    2nd District Commissioner


  • Mike Claxton

    Chair President

  • Jim Kunce

    Vice Chair

  • Kelly Watkins


  • Kelly Watkins

  • Wes Minder

  • Jeramy Cook

  • Charlotte Hoverder

Interested in Learning More?

The Park Board meets quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Weather dependent, some meetings will be held on-site at different park properties. Check this calendar the day before the meeting to confirm the location. Indoor meetings are generally held at the Platte County Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, Missouri. All meetings are open to the public, and feedback and participation are always welcome.

NEXT Park Board MEETING: Feb 21, 2023, 5:30PM at The Platte County Admin Building, 2nd floor in the Commission Room.  (Behind the courthouse) 415 Third Street, Platte City, MO 64079. Outreach Grant meeting. 

Platte County Parks Staff

Daniel Erickson


Chris Oryshyn

Assistant Director

Pat Clark

Park Superintendent

Jackie Halloran

Recreation & Marketing Coordinator