|Two New Kill Creek Trail Projects Planned This Year|
The purchase of five new bridges was recently authorized by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board for two different but related streamway projects being completed this year.
Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen said four of the bridges will be placed on a one-mile stretch of trail on Kill Creek to be constructed between 95th and 87th streets.
This project will also involve construction of the District's third off-leash dog area which will be the first on the Streamway Parks System. The District's other off-leash areas are located in Shawnee Mission Park and Heritage Park. The Kill Creek off-leash area will consist of about 16 acres adjacent to the trail which will be fenced off.
The new section of the Kill Creek Streamway Park, which is being constructed in cooperation with the City of De Soto, will be assessable via 95th Street from either the Kill Creek or Lexington exits off Kansas 10 Highway.
"The city acquired right of ways and easements for us," Maasen said. "We acquired some land and the city owns some land and we went through a planning and zoning process with the city and the site plan was approved by the city."
The District has been working with the city on this project since last fall.
Grading and construction began in early June. Maasen said he anticipates the bridges will be delivered in mid-July with a late July opening.
Two more phases of construction on the Kill Creek Streamway Park are already anticipated for the future. The next phase would involve constructing about a mile north to De Soto City Park on the Kansas River, where there is a small portion of existing trail built by the District about five years ago. The next phase would take the trail two miles south to meet the portion of streamway trail in Kill Creek Park.
After that, an eventual goal is to take the trail all the way south around Gardner Lake to meet the trail project which will require the fifth and final bridge authorized in May.
The project will involve expanding an existing one-mile of trail on Kill Creek in Gardner north a quarter mile to 167th Street. The new portion of trail will actually measure about a half mile total because it will be a loop, Bill said.
The time frame for this project is about the same as for the northern portion, and a late July opening is also anticipated for the Gardner trail.
On an unrelated project, the District received delivery in late May of another bridge for a trail project on Tomahawk Creek between Roe and Nall. That project is being completed in cooperation with Overland Park, Leawood, and the Kansas Department of Transportation.