|Dedication of Kill Creek Streamway Park Segment in De Soto Set For June 7|
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District will celebrate National Trails Day with the formal Dedication of a new segment of the Kill Creek Streamway Park in De Soto.
A ceremony will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on June 7 at the trail access point at 33460 W. 95th, De Soto to dedicate a new one mile segment of the Kill Creek Streamway Park which opened to public use in late October 2002.
The dedication ceremony is expected to be brief and will feature speeches by District Board Chair Mark Stingley, De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson, JCPRD Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen, and Director Michael Meadors.
The ceremony will also include a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of new interpretive signs which will be placed near every access point to the Mill Creek Streamway Park.
The new park segment 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 began planning this project with the City of De Soto in Fall 2001. Grading and construction began in early June 2002 and four bridges over the creek were placed in mid-August 2002.
Two additional phases of the Kill Creek Streamway Park are anticipated for the future, although no time frame 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, a future 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) 438-7275.
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