The status of Penn Valley Park was reported in the1920 Souvenir booklet on The Park and Boulevard System of Kansas City, Missouri. A branch of the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas City, known then as Westport landing, to Westport, passed through the park. Kessler split the roadway into two parts with a median. The west side was for slower, residential vehicles that connected on the south end with Broadway. The east side was for commercial vehicles that went over to Main Street at the south end. The Operating Plant for the West Park District, located near 30th and Central Streets, was completed in 1910. The 10 acres in the northwest corner of the park was to be devoted to playground activities. A large field house with administrative offices, shower baths, swimming pool, 60×102 feet; gymnasium and assemble rooms was planned. The swimming pool and central unit of the field house was built in 1916. This playground, when completed, was to be one of the best and most fully equipped playgrounds in the City. The baseball diamond was used continuously during the season. The park contained eight tennis courts, which were used by about 400 people per day. Three separate sections were set aside for children’s playgrounds, and were supervised in the summer time. By 1920 construction costs had reached $402,710.11 and $239,389.81 had been spent on maintenance.
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