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Shawnee Mission Park Off-Leash Area now open, road across dam reopens March 25
POSTED: 03/24/2008
The Shawnee Mission Park Dog Off-Leash area is now open for public use during regular park hours, effective March 24. Also scheduled for reopening on Wednesday, March 25, is the road across the dam at Shawnee Mission Park Lake.

The off-leash area closed last fall for improvements, which are now substantially complete. Johnson County Park and Recreation District staff anticipate a few temporary closures will occur during the delivery of concrete for remaining fence installation work near the dog beach. Beginning in mid-April, a regular temporary closure will be scheduled from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday for routine maintenance work at the off-leash area. These closures are intended to allow for a higher level of maintenance to the area without compromising dog and patron safety. The closures will be posted at the Dog Off-Leash Area entry gate. Trespassing is prohibited when the gate is locked.

A temporary Off-Leash Area designated for use during construction at the softball field in Shawnee Mission Park's Walnut Grove area is now closed to off-leash dog use.

Dog area improvements involved the installation of a concrete sidewalk built to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for recreational trails as well as a paved maintenance road. The beach was regraded and covered with river gravel to improve access and safety. Trees will be planted later this spring by District staff to provide shade in the upper area of the beach.

The road across the dam closed in late October to accommodate improvements to the dam. Improvements involved installing gravel shoulders, new guardrails, improved riprap placement on the face of the dam, and a fishing trail meant to give fishermen improved access to the entire length of the dam.

Both improvement projects were timed to take advantage of reduced water levels in Shawnee Mission Park Lake last year in order to construct a wetlands at the southeast end of the lake. Those improvements, which are also nearly complete, are meant to improve water quality and fishery in the popular lake.

Shawnee Mission Park is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Regular park hours are 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Nov. 1.

For more information, contact District Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton at (913) 894-3343.

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