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Public invited to help map the future of Johnson County’s park and recreational resources at strategic planning open houses
POSTED: 08/14/2014
 
Members of the public will have opportunities to assist with the development of a new strategic plan for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at four open houses scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, and Wednesday, August 27.

Each evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, a team of planning consultants will join JCPRD staff in hosting open houses at two locations. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate at any time during the three hour period.

The Tuesday sessions will take place at Antioch Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, and at Blue Valley Library, 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park. The two on Wednesday will be held at Mill Creek Middle School, 8001 Mize Blvd., Lenexa, and at New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner.

There will be multiple venues at each of the open houses for providing input. Members of the consulting team will be available to meet individually with residents to hear and discuss their concerns and desires regarding Johnson County’s park and recreational resources. There also will be stations for residents to share their thoughts by writing and/or drawing on maps, or for completing a brief questionnaire and feedback form.

The district’s consulting team is headed by SWT Design of St. Louis, and includes planning strategists from De Soto-based Indigo Design, VSR Design of Overland Park, Ballard*King & Associates of Highlands Ranch, CO, and ETC Institute of Olathe.

"Our goal with these four meetings over two nights is to visit with a large and diverse contingent of the Johnson County community, and receive valuable input from park and program end users,” said Jay Wohlschlaeger of SWT Design. “This input, along with a community mail survey ETC Institute will be conducting this fall, will be a foundation for the strategic plan that will serve as a guide for JCPRD over the next 15 years.”

Members of the public unable to attend one of the open houses can still contribute to the planning process by submitting their thoughts and suggestions to jayw@swtdesign.com. Comments can also be mailed to: JCPRD Strategic Plan, SWT Design, 7722 Big Bend Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63119.

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