The Cave Spring Association
In 1975 an outspoken young woman named Sylvia Mooney found out that the historic site that adjoined her property was going to be sold so it be turned in a gas station and apartment complexes. Sylvia was well aware of the history and beauty of the park so she organized a group from mostly local residents of Raytown and contacted the owner of the land and asked him to sell it to their group instead so they could preserve the area and make it into a local park. Sylvia as the story is told by the Klein family, who owned the park at the time, was annoyingly persistent and eventually convinced the Klein family to sell the land.
The Cave Spring Association was formed and money was raised from private individuals, Federal and State Grants as well from Jackson County Parks and the City of Kansas City.
The land was purchased and the interpretive center was built. Over the next few decades with strong support from local volunteer Board Members, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The City of Raytown and numerous other groups the park flourished and held year round programs from Concerts in the Park to Civil War re-enactments.
Over time most of the original Board Members passed or moved away and the Our Lady of Lourdes closed leaving the park's maintenance to fall upon the few who remained.
In 2014 our new President Jerry Folden joined the park board. Jerry a retired Marine and ardent outdoors man began recruiting people he met at the park to join him on the Board.