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First Renew The Park Workshop Planned for Antioch Park
POSTED: 01/09/2003
Members of the general public are invited and encouraged to take advantage of a first opportunity to provide input on a master plan being developed for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam.

Planned is a Renew The Park Workshop, which will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 15 in the meeting room in Antioch Park's Building A.

In November 2002, The Johnson County Park and Recreation District hired Theis Doolittle Associates Inc. (TDA) of Kansas City, Mo., to develop a new master plan for the park. Implementation of the new plan is scheduled to begin later this year with nearly $1 million in renovations budgeted for the initial phase. Anticipated renovations include: extensive improvements to both of the park's lakes; landscaping and parking lot improvements; pedestrian path and drainage improvements; repaving of basketball courts; and office building renovations.

Theis Doolittle Principal Paul Novick said the Jan. 15 meeting will begin with a review of information gathered during a Walk the Park Workshop which took place on Dec. 14. During that meeting, about 28 people, including JCPRD staff, consultants, and invited members of the public, walked the park in small groups and noted thoughts and concerns relating to renovation efforts.

From that input, the consultants have developed what Novick called an "opportunities and constraints board."

"This pulls together the major concerns and thoughts about the improvements and issues for this project," he said.

Participants in the Jan. 15 meeting will also discuss "programmative elements" to be added or addressed during the project and will be asked for their comments and for their assistance in ranking project priorities, Novick said.

"We hope to leave the meeting with a program for development that has been prioritized," he said. "This gives us a menu as to what we need to include in alternative plans."

Development of the two to three alternative development plans is the next step in the master plan process and is expected to be completed for a second renew the park workshop tentatively planned for Feb. 11 at which the public can review the plans the express their likes and dislikes.

In addition to the public meetings, individuals can send their comments concerning the Antioch Park project to the District by email at or by mail at: Map 2020, 17501 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 66217.

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For more information, contact JCPRD Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton at (913) 438-7275.

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