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Several organizations host alternative activities for teens

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Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte says he will not tolerate any more teens causing disturbances on the Country Club Plaza after more fights broke out this month.

Several organizations opened their doors this weekend, offering teens an alternative.  But it is unclear what kind of impact these events will have on the disturbances on the Plaza.

For the second night in a row, the Brush Creek Community Center held a teen night Saturday evening.

Forte said 75 teens spent their night at the center playing basketball, dancing and video games.

"They need it because most our kids don't have any where to go. It is very important we provide these kids with a safe place to go," community outreach specialist Pat Clarke said.

The number of teens attending the Brush Creek Event was expected to be lower Saturday night because the College Basketball Experience held another teen party as well.

"Those have been very successful.  The last one, I think there were over 600 kids there," said Terry Rynard, deputy director of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department.

The goal is to get more organizations to offer events to keep teens entertained in a safe environment and not causing disturbances in entertainment districts like the Plaza.

"This right here is a big start.  It is not going to solve all the answers, but it is a start. That's all we need right now is a start," Clarke said.

For the last three years, the Brush Creek Community Center began holding teen nights at the end of the school year.

After a disturbance involving about 150 teens Feb. 15 on the Plaza, the police chief asked the center to start holding teen nights this weekend.

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