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Shawnee Mission Park Off-leash Improvement Plans to Be Subject of June 6 Public Information Meeting
POSTED: 05/23/2007
A public information meeting to discuss improvements planned later this year at Shawnee Mission Park’s Off-Leash Area has been set for June 6.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The informational meeting will feature exhibits and plans demonstrating proposed modifications to the dog off-leash beach, access to the beach, and other amenities. The meeting will be conducted by Johnson County Park and Recreation District staff with assistance from LHE, PA of Lenexa, the engineering consultant for this project. Participants will be able to take a look at the proposed plans and provide feedback.

The entire project is expected to cost $250,000 and includes re-grading the off-leash area’s dog beach to improve access and safety. The project will involve the construction of a paved maintenance road as well as a concrete sidewalk built to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for recreational trails. The beach will be regraded and covered with river gravel and new trees will be planted to give shade in the upper area of the beach, which will be slightly larger than it is now.

Officials expect the project will be bid in July with work beginning in late August. It is anticipated the dog beach area could be closed for up to two months. Efforts will be made to make other portions of the off-leash area available during the project, but they could be closed periodically as well.

The off-leash area project is scheduled for this summer in order to take advantage of plans to lower the lake level at the park by as much as 10 feet for other projects. Lowering of the lake will begin July 9. The drawdown is required to facilitate silt removal and the construction of wetlands which will use native plants to filer silt and pollutants entering the lake. Improvements are also planned for the lake dam to improve fishing access and repair the rip-rap on the face of the structure.

For more information about the June 6 meeting, contact Cliff Middleton at (913) 894-3343.

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