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Second Series of Park Master Plan Meetings set for Late September
POSTED: 08/27/2003
 
Members of the public will get a chance to look at and give additional input on preliminary master plan concepts for three existing Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks during a new series of meetings set for late September.

Three meetings are planned for Sept. 23-25 and are the next step in a process being referred to by consultants as “3 Plans for 3 Parks.” The project involves efforts to update master plans for Shawnee Mission Park, Heritage Park, and Ernie Miller Park as recommended in the District's 20-year Master Action Plan, MAP 2020, which was put into place two years ago. Once completed, the master plans will guide future development and renovation of the parks and will be implemented over a number of years.

Each of the September meetings is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Because of construction for an expansion project, the public input session regarding Shawnee Mission Park will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Tomahawk Recreation Complex, 17501 Midland Dr., Shawnee. A session regarding Heritage Park will take place Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Green Room of the Heritage Park Golf Course, 16445 Lackman Road, Olathe. A session on Ernie Miller Park will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas Highway 7, Olathe.

"We're anxious to have people attend the meetings so they can see what the proposed improvements for the parks are and we'd like to have their feedback," said Project Manager Doug Pickert of Landplan Engineering.

These meetings follow an earlier series of public forums which took place in mid-May. While the earlier meetings were considered the "Project Discovery Phase" and gave participants a chance to review current park conditions and amenities and suggest improvements and additions, the September meetings represent the "Concept Development Phase." During the new meetings, participants will have an opportunity to review concepts for each park developed by consultants based on input received during the earlier public meetings as well as during a separate series of meetings with other governmental representatives in late August.

Each meeting will begin with a review of the park concepts developed by the consultant. Following opening comments by JCPRD staff and Landplan Engineering staff, the public will be invited to participate and give their feedback.

"These will be a review of the initial concepts for each of the three parks, which are essentially a first attempt to address issues and concerns heard in first stage of project," Pickert said. "These will be an opportunity to present concepts, review and receive comments to allow us to make final adjustments as we move forward."

Following the September meetings, consultants will prepare final master plan proposals for the three parks, including estimating costs and setting priorities. Presentation of the plans are tentatively set for the District Board's Dec. 17 regular meeting.

For individuals who are unable to attend the public meetings, it is anticipated that concept art and descriptions of the preliminary concepts will be available on the District's website at www.jcprd.com for about two weeks immediately following the public meetings. Officials welcome additional comments via email during this period.

The 3 Plans for 3 Parks effort follows the recent separate development of a new master plan for Antioch Park, also in response to MAP 2020 recommendations. That effort, which followed a similar process, began in December 2002 and concluded in April.

For more information, contact JCPRD Landscape Architect Jim Wilson at (913)438-7275

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