|South Portion of Shawnee Mission Park's Loop Road Reopens April 10 following construction project|
The southern portion of the park's John Barkley Drive between the south Walnut Grove Picnic area and the Radio Controlled (RC) Flying Field closed on January 7 for a stormwater improvement project within the park which was undertaken and funded by the city of Lenexa. The project involved installing a larger stormwater culvert under 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, was also constructed immediately south of Barkley Drive near Shelter #9, also near the south Walnut Grove parking lot. The city's project also includes culvert work within the Parkhurst subdivision to the south of the park.
The primary goal of the project is to provide improved stormwater management from the new City Center development near the intersection of Renner Road and 87th Street, through flood prevention and wildlife habitat and water quality improvements.
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.