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Proposed Master Plan Presentations on three properties set for Oct. 22 at Shawnee Mission Park
POSTED: 10/08/2008
The presentation by Bowman, Bowman and Novick will take place during a Committee of the Whole meeting which will begin at 5:30 p.m. This meeting precedes the Board's regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., during which the Board is expected to consider formal action on the master plans. A discussion of possible permanent names for the future parks sites is also on the agenda. Both meetings will take place at the JCPRD Administration Building, in Shawnee Mission Park at 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

The master plans are meant to guide future development of the existing 57-acre Sunflower Nature Park in Eudora as well as a 465-acre site just west of the De Soto City limits known as the Rieke Lake Property, and the 900-acre site west of Olathe currently known as the Cedar Niles Property.

Formulating new plans for existing and future parks was a recommendation of the District's 20-year Master Action Plan, MAP 2020, which was put into place in 2001. MAP 2020 recognized a need to update development and renovation plans for various district parks as a guide for the next 20 years. In March, the District hired Bowman, Bowman and Novick of Kansas City, Mo., to prepare master plans for the three sites. Public input on the plans was sought through four well-attended workshops conducted in early June and early August.

The proposed master plan for the Sunflower Nature Park will include a new park entry, a new shelter and restroom, a boardwalk, and an improved paved trail.

At Cedar Niles, the proposal calls for a 25-acre off-leash area, including a five-acre small dog area; 16.9 miles of multiuse trials including 7.5 miles of gravel trail and 9.4 miles of paved trail; a 1.3-mile nature trail; a 2.2-mile mountain bike trail; trail access to Kansas Wildlife & Parks' Prairie Center Park; an equestrian parking lot; four sports practice fields; a sand volleyball court; an archery range build to Olympic standards; 16 acres of restored natural prairie; an observation tower similar to the one in Shawnee Mission Park; a wetlands area; and a planetary-themed display garden.

The proposal for the Rieke Lake property includes: an amphitheater in a natural setting, a wetlands with a boardwalk, primitive campsites for families and individuals; a fishing dock, boat launch and marina; 3.1 miles of paved multiuse trail, a 1.4 mile unpaved hiking trial; a disc golf course; four sports practice fields; a five kilometer boys' cross country course and a three kilometer girls' cross country course.

Information on the master plans will be posted on the District website at by Oct. 15 and those unable to attend the Oct. 22 meeting can email comments to by 5 p.m. on Oct. 21.

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