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The Stratford Gardens area of Kansas City, Missouri is primarily a residential area. In this area are several developments, with homes ranging from very affordable to very high priced. There are numerous restaurants and attractions suitable for the entire family.
While it is not uncommon to find Fairyland Park on a map today as a Stratford Gardens neighborhood attraction, it was actually closed in 1978. This was shortly after a storm which defied categorization (some called it a tornado, while others a wind storm.) One reason this park is so notable is the history involved. Fairyland Park opened in 1923 and remained segregated until 1964. Until 1971, the park had an extremely low admission cost (twenty-five cents.) Prior to the storm and the construction of Worlds of Fun in 1973, the park suffered decreasing attendance, no doubt a situation that helped make the resulting decision to not rebuild. Parts of the land were sold to Alphapointe Association, and additional land has been acquired by the city to build a new police station.
Originally costing $322 million dollars to construct, Worlds of Fun became a very successful venture as a home to the 4,000 seat Forum Amphitheater, and during America’s Bicentennial, Bicentennial Square was opened. Between the mid 1980s and early 1990s, Worlds of Fun added the Scream Roller Coaster, considered one of the first stand-up roller coasters in the United States. Soon after, Timber Wolf, touted as one of the best roller coasters in the world, was installed. Worlds of fun was also expanded to include Oceans of Fun.
Part of the land from the original Fairyland Park was acquired by Alphapointe Association for the Blind in 2008. The company which began nearly a century ago, serves more than 7,000 visually impaired persons. They are considered one of the region’s premier providers of education, advocacy, and vision rehabilitation programs for those between ages fourteen and life’s end.