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South Portion of Shawnee Mission Park's Loop Road to be closed for Construction project Beginning Jan. 7
POSTED: 01/06/2009
The area of the park's John Barkley Drive to be closed is located between the south Walnut Grove Picnic area and the Radio Controlled (RC) Flying Field. Both of those facilities will be accessible during the closure. During the closure, the picnic area will be accessible only from the east, while the RC Flying Field will be accessible only from the west.

The road closure is required for a stormwater improvement project within the park being undertaken and funded by the city of Lenexa. The portion of the project which will take place within Shawnee Mission Park will involve installing a larger stormwater culvert under Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Drive immediately to the east of the turnoff to the parking lot at the south Walnut Grove picnic area. An additional detention basin, or forebay, will also be constructed immediately south of Barkley Drive near Shelter #9, also near the south Walnut Grove parking lot. The work will be completed by Lansing-based Linaweaver Construction.

The city's project will also include culvert work within the Parkhurst subdivision to the south of the park. Access to trails between Parkhurst and Shawnee Mission Park will also be restricted during the project.

The primary goal of the project is to provide increase water flow from the new City Center development near the intersection of Renner Road and 87th Street, and to prevent flooding and improve wildlife habitat and water quality.

This project follows and complements a major water quality improvement project completed by the park district in late 2007. That project involved installation of a wetlands area at the southeast corner of Shawnee Mission Park Lake and installation of a primary forebay west of the north Walnut Grove area.

For more information, contact Lenexa Stormwater Engineer Tom Jacobs at (913) 477-7644.

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