New rules for treasure hunters in Kansas City parks

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Loose Park gate in Kansas City, Missouri

A gated entrance to Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anyone hunting for treasure in city parks now has a list of guidelines to follow.

First of all, anyone with a metal detector is required to register with the city each calendar year and is only permitted from sunup to sundown. Historical objects or those with archaeological value or interest may not be removed from a park.

There are other guidelines that also must be followed, according to the Kansas City Parks Department:

  • Litter apron or bag is to be worn or carried during metal detector use and all litter disposed of in trash containers or removed from site.
  • If an object of historical or archaeological value or interest is found, the metal detecting activity shall cease, and park staff notified.
  • Plants and trees may not be dislodged or have their roots disturbed.
  • You may only dig using hand implements and only three inches deep and three inches wide.
  • Restore the ground when finished.

METAL DETECTING IS PROHIBITED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI:

  • Athletic fields
  • Historic sites/memorial grounds
  • Golf and disc golf courses
  • Frank Vaydik Park
  • Loose Park
  • Indian Mound Park
  • Union Cemetery
  • Shoal Creek Living History Museum
  • Battlefields
  • Dog parks
  • Landscaped plant beds

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