Neighborhood Momentum

The motto of Key Coalition is ‘neighbors working together to build a strong community’ and recently, their efforts are beginning to come to fruition.

A confluence of several events have the area poised for investment:

  • Key Coalition is now an official Urban Renewal Area providing them more tools to accomplish their goals;
  • Last fall, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design crafted resident input into a neighborhood design plan;
  • KCATA is awaiting word on funding for Prospect Max bus line and the Prospect corridor has been selected as a KC-CUR priority area for commercial development.
  • Quite recently, ground was broken for the building of a new Sun Fresh Market, concrete evidence of the changes on the horizon.
Key Coalition: A Diverse Community

Key Coalition is proud that they have a diverse, faith-bases community offering opportunities to worship in six different faiths: AME, Baptist, Church of God in Christ, Muslim, and non-denominational.


Spring Valley Park – located between 27th St. on the north, Garfield and Brooklyn Ave. on the east, 29th St. on the south and Woodland Ave. and Vine St. on the west. A 1905 Kansas City Star article said that it was estimated hundreds of people would come to drink the spring water every day.
Spring Valley Park

Spring Valley Park gets its name from the six springs that used to flow within the 33 acres acquired for the park – located in a valley.

In 1991, a statue was placed in the park to honor Bernard Powell, a local community leader slain in 1979. Mr. Powell (1947-1979) worked for civil rights in the 1960’s and later helped establish a group t promote job training for black youth, as well as encouraging neighborhood beautification with the theme of “Ghetto or Goldmine – the Choice is Yours!” The statue was placed across the street from the Powell family home.