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The Grove and other small parks in various neighborhoods throughout the city were considered very important components of the park plan of Kansas City. They offered activities and playgrounds within walking distance of residential areas. The Grove was also easily accessible by trolley car on the 15th Street railway. Other activities at The Grove included tennis, horseshoe pitching, swimming, baseball and volleyball. Amenities Recent developments at The Grove include a new shelter with solar lighting, additional picnic tables and benches, a drinking fountain and a sidewalk/trail that is ADA accessible. Plans are being made now for restrooms and an addition to the trail so that it will connect Benton Plaza and Truman Road.