Friends of Kaw Point Park, Inc.
PO Box 172335
% Robert Tice
Kansas City KS 66117-1335
Lewis & Clark Arrival at Kaw Point
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 593-3321
Mission Statement
The specific mission of the organization is to fund and construct the Lewis and Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point; to preserve the historical significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Wyandotte County; to interpret the historic, cultural and environmental past of the park; and to support the park and community through special events, educational programming, fundraising, site clean up, trail enhancement, environmental conservation and stewardship.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mike Calwell
Board Chair Mr. Mike Calwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The specific mission of the organization is to fund and construct the Lewis and Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point; to preserve the historical significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Wyandotte County; to interpret the historic, cultural and environmental past of the park; and to support the park and community through special events, educational programming, fundraising, site clean up, trail enhancement, environmental conservation and stewardship.
Background Statement
The site was “rediscovered” in 2000 after Rick Lynn, Sr. retired the river excursion boat. A task force was formed in preparation for the 200th commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804. The task force coordinated with the Kansas Lewis and Clark Commission and Wyandotte County.
Cleanup and restoration of the park began in 2001. Trails were established, a public ADA-compliant boat ramp was built, a kiosk and boardwalk were constructed, the Confluence of Nations was established honoring 20 tribes of the local area with flags and monuments, the remaining buildings were painted and upgraded and a national Lewis and Clark Signature event was hosted in 2004.
The task force was disbanded in 2005 and the Friends of Kaw Point Park was formed to continue the maintenance, cleanup and further development of the park. The Friends of Kaw Point Park was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2006. Election of officers is held each year and the board meets on a monthly basis.
Impact Statement

Past year accomplishments:

  1. Completed renovation of the public bathrooms.
  2. Hosted the annual Missouri 340 race from Kaw Point to St. Charles, Missouri a distance of 340 miles.
  3. Hosted an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service in the Amphitheater.
Current year goals:
  1. Secure funds to rehab the park headquarters building
  2. Create a water garden in the park

Needs Statement
Top Urgent Needs:
  1. Installation and materials for siding of the Lewis and Clark headquarters building.
  2. Materials for the construction of the water garden
Service Categories
Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Historical Societies & Historic Preservation
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The challenges for the establishment of the park began before my involvement in 2003. When Dewayne Knott was called to serve in Iraq, there was a vacancy on the task force formed to prepare for the Lewis and Clark 200th commemoration. I volunteered to fill Mr. Knott’s seat and have been involved with the park ever since. The primary challenge has been funding for the completion of development that keeps the park vibrant and salient to the community.
As with any organization, the key to success is to engage those you believe can bring diversity and enthusiasm to stated goals and mission. Elected as Chair in 2009, I met this challenge and began building the board of Friends of Kaw Point Park to include members with expertise in areas needed to continue growth of the park. I recruited members with biological, mechanical, river, resource, design, accounting, business, artistic and leadership abilities. This multidisciplinary approach has proven valuable for the “Friends” and the park.
Working to grow public, private and governmental partnerships are seen as opportunities rather than challenges. The primary challenge continues to be raising sustained funding for development and construction of a Resource and Interpretive Center and to bring back the popular River Excursion Boat that graced the safe harbor at the mouth of the Kansas River up until the late 1990s.
The Friends of Kaw Point Park believe the time is right for funding and we believe our plans fit well into the landscape of the Kansas City metropolitan scene. The addition of the “connector” linking Berkley Riverfront Park with Lewis and Clark Historic Park at Kaw Point will connect the two Kansas Cities, uniting our efforts to recognize the Missouri and Kansas Rivers as the reason the cities exist. It is the water that attracted the game, carried the canoes, brought the settlers and stimulated industry, business and agriculture to this progressive spot on the Missouri and Kansas Rivers.
Description A first-rate Interpretive Center will include displays and history from prehistoric time to present, thus maintaining the heritage of all cultures at the confluence of the two great rivers ... the Kansas and Missouri. The center will include office space, a conference room and lecture hall bringing people to the water resource. The riverine ecosystem along with art will be an integrated part of the park. The WWII Normandy landing craft launch site will be memorialized. An amphitheater and stage was built in 2009. Events are coordinated with the city and board members are present at each event. Events include boat races, live music, lectures, U.S. sanctioned catfish tournaments, tours, outdoor classrooms, local school water quality studies, plays, weddings and other celebrations. Volunteer cleanup and maintenance operations are conducted throughout the year. A pedestrian connector will soon link Kansas City, Missouri, to the park via the Weatherby Bridge.  In addition, we are working with the Unified Govt. to utilizing the top of the river levee as a bike path. 
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Public Parks & Recreational Trails
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Since the completion of the public boat ramp and improved walking tails, the utilization of the park has skyrocketed. Catfish tournaments are held regularly, and events occur in the park to include weddings, celebrations, family picnics, music performances, lectures and company outings and meetings. The park is used heavily by bank fishermen and photographers. The trails provide an unparalleled experience in the metro area to experience the solitude of the river and its environs. The city uses the park to launch emergency watercraft and various natural resource agencies (both Federal and State) use the only safe harbor in the metro area to launch data gathering boats at the park along with canoeists, powered pleasure craft and kayaks. The public has responded favorably to the park and its amenities with an estimated 40,000 visitors a year. The park is a stop on scheduled tour busses, and schools (college and public) use the park as an outdoor classroom.
Long-Term Success Our long-term goal is the continued development of the interpretive history and natural resources of the park. The preservation of the historic site and the many cultures surrounding the park will serve as a positive gain to the community and region. The ultimate goal is to educate and connect the adult public and school children to the water resource that is the reason for the establishment of the two great cities.
Program Success Monitored By The primary tool for measuring success is the number of visitors using the park. Visitor numbers have increased yearly. We estimate approximately 40,000 visitors to the park annually.  However, this has slowed down lately due to construction at the entrance of the park.  This should cease to be a problem by late fall. . The media has noted the park and use the venue to report river conditions, weather and general stories of the Kansas City metro area. Our involvement with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County is increasing.  The History Channel has filmed at the park with success and we continue to work with bluegrass organizers, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Foundation and the Chippewa, Sac & Fox and Wyandotte Tribes.  The positive feedback from these organizations (and the general public) are a measurement of our success.
Examples of Program Success The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, KC Chapter, has held their annual meeting at the park for five years. The Cat Fish Club of Kansas City has continued to use the park and building for the past eight years to hold their tournaments. The number of events at the park have increased with favorable and growing attendance since the construction of the amphitheater. Weddings have been held at the park. The Fairfax District business owners have volunteered a day each year for the past four years to do heavy clean up of the park.  The Kansas City Photography Club uses the park as a gathering place to photograph the city across the great rivers. The Missouri 340 race, starting at Kaw Point, draws over 300 participants including those from other nations. Overall use of the park by bank fishermen, picnickers and writers is increasing; serving the public with inspiring and safe access to the river.  We sponsored Eagles Days this late winter and early spring.  Several schools held day trips to the park to view the eagles.
CEO Comments
The challenges and opportunities are limited only by our imaginations and ability to raise funds.  The biggest challange is finding a successful means to raise funds to bring back the river excursion boat to the riverfront and to build a first class Interpretive Center at the park.  Little Nebraska City, Atchison and St. Charles have all built outstanding visitor centers and they draw many people and dollars to the community.  Kaw Point Park is the Gateway to Kansas and would be a perfect spot for a visiters welcome center and historic interpretive center.  The addition of a riverboat would cause travelers to stop and spend time in Kansas City.  It woudl be a win/win for both cities and the park.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Mike Calwell
Term Start Jan 2009
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 6
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
The Friends of Kaw Point Park collaborate with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas, the Fairfax Industrial District, the Levee District and the Catholic Heart Work Camp.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Calwell
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2009 to Dec 2015
Board Members
Mike Calwell Kansas Department of Natural Resources
Rick Lynn Licensed Missouri riverboat pilot
John Pettey
Jim Stanley Railroad detective (retired)
Craig Thompson Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency
Bob Tice CPA, Internal Revenue Service (retired)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 54%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Capital Campaign
Scientific Advisory
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $7,000
Projected Expenses $7,000
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using internal financial statements provided by the organization. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,345$16,028$9,858
Administration Expense$0$0$136
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.741.020.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$44,415$44,760$44,473
Current Assets$44,415$44,760$44,473
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$44,415$44,760$44,473
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose The purpose of The Friends of Kaw Point Park capital campaign is to raise funds for construction of an interpretive center and river excursion boat and to begin an endowment fund for perpetual park maintenance and preservation.
Goal $15,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Friends of Kaw Point Park, Inc.
Address PO Box 172335
% Robert Tice
Kansas City, KS 661171335
Primary Phone (913) 593-3321
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mike Calwell
Board Chair Mr. Mike Calwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2006