Platte County Parks and Recreation hosts many opportunities each year. Click below to learn more about each. 

Sports Programs



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Art in the Park

Art in the Park is an event for children and adults of all ages, held on the Third Saturday in October at Platte Ridge Park. This event will give people the opportunity to visit with many local artists in our community and allows participants to learn, make artwork, and view art displays. Platte County Parks, The Platte City Friends of the Arts, and the Platte City YMCA all team together to make this event possible.  Also check out the Platte City Art & Chalk Jubilee for a family fun Platte City art-related event.

Bicycle Rides

Platte County Parks will host one free bike ride for cyclists of all levels.  The annual Tour de Platte is held in May or June.  The Tour covers the Southern part of Platte County including Riverside, Parkville, the Line Creek Trail, etc.  There are three different lengths of the tour including a 35 mile route, 18 mile route, and 10 mile route for beginners.  Registration typically opens for this event about two months before.   

Free Fishing Day

Each year, on the first Saturday after the first Monday in June, Platte County Parks partners with the Missouri Department of Conservation to offer a free fishing event at Platte Ridge Park.  Fishing poles and bait are supplied, which makes for a great day of fishing for anyone interested in attending!  Typically the event lasts for two hours, but if you have your own pole you can stay as long as the fish are biting!  Free fishing day is always held on the free fishing weekend in Missouri, where the Department of Conservation does not require fishermen to have a fishing license. 

Paddling Events

Interested in learning how to canoe and or kayak?  Not sure what boat is right for you?  In July, we have just the program for you!  Join us on a Saturday in July for our free instructional canoe/kayak event at the Guy B. Park pond just 5 minutes north of Platte City.  This event is designed for beginners to take to the water way in provided canoes and kayaks.  Platte County Parks partners with KC Kayak & Canoe and the Missouri Department of Conservation to make this event happen.  All boats and life preservers are provided and experienced floaters are present to answer any questions you may have.  Life jackets will be provided for children 8 years or older, if you would like to bring a younger participant you will need to provide their life preserver.  Registration will open for this event in early June and is limited to the first 100 signups. 

Once you have mastered your floating skills at the instructional event, you can join us for our annual Missouri River Float in September.  This float trip begins on the Platte River in Farley, MO at the Schimmel City boat ramp and winds up in Parkville on the Missouri River at Platte Landing Park.  The total trip is 16 miles and it typically takes around 4 hours to complete.  Participants must provide their own boats, but if you don’t own one, rentals are available for the float trip. Registration opens the Monday after our instructional program in July and is limited. Shuttle is provided.

Tails on the Trails


This will be held at Barry Platte Park on April 27. Stay tuned for more details. To sign up as a vendor please contact 816-858-3419 or email [email protected].