|New Kill Creek Streamway Park Segment Will Open For Use on Oct. 25|
A new one-mile portion of the Kill Creek Streamway Park in De Soto will open for public use on Oct. 25.
The new park is located near Kansas Highway 10 and Lexington Ave. on Kill Creek and follows alongside Kill Creek between 95th and 87th streets. The new park is accessible via 95th Street from either the Kill Creek or Lexington exits off Kansas 10 Highway.
The project also includes the District's third off-leash dog area, the first on the Streamway Parks System. The Kill Creek Off-leash Area consists of about 16 acres adjacent to the trail which is fenced off from other pedestrian uses. The District's other off-leash areas are located in Shawnee Mission Park and Heritage Park.
The District has been working with the City of De Soto on this project since Fall 2001. Grading and construction began in early June and four bridges over the creek were placed in mid-August. A formal dedication of the new park is tentatively being planned with the City of De Soto for April 2003.
Two additional phases of the Kill Creek Streamway Park are anticipated for the future, although no timeframe has been announced. The next phase will involve constructing a trail stretching 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 approximately five years ago. Additionally, the next phase will involve extending the trail two miles south to connect with the portion of streamway trail in Kill Creek Park. Eventually, a goal is to construct a trail from the Kansas River to the existing trails within the Gardner Greenway on the upper reaches of Kill Creek.
For more information, contact JCPRD Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen at (913) 558-5344.