|Arthur and Betty Verhaeghe family makes major contribution to Johnson County Streamway trail system|
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) has received a major land donation from the Arthur and Betty Verhaeghe family of Overland Park that significantly enhances the Streamway trail JCPRD is developing along Coffee Creek in southeast Johnson County. The 42-acre tract is located at approximately 167th and Quivira Road, and is adjacent to 161 acres already acquired by the district between Heritage Park and 69 Highway.
The Verhaeghe property, valued at $400,000, is slated to become a primary access point for the Coffee Creek Streamway trail once it’s completed. Construction of the initial 3.5 miles of trail from Heritage Park to Switzer Road is scheduled to begin later this year. Development of the trail is being funded in part by the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Federal Transportation Program.
“The Verhaeghe’s very generous contribution is destined to be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of appreciative trail users and families in the coming years,” said Bill Maasen, JCPRD’s superintendent of parks and golf courses. “The land they donated not only will serve as an entry to the Coffee Creek trail, visitors to the access point will be able to enjoy a large park area being planned for the site that includes a picnic shelter, a playground with a farm theme, and a community garden.”
"We are pleased to preserve some of the history of three generations of truck gardening and farming with the donation of this ground,” said family member Gordon Verhaeghe. “We are excited that people may be able to use the community garden and have access to fresh vegetables while enjoying the park and picnic facilities with their families for generations to come."
Coffee Creek is one of the streams designated for trail development by JCPRD as part of its county-wide Streamway Park initiative. The trail will have connectivity to privately developed pathways in neighboring residential areas, and it ultimately will lead to trails along Wolf Creek, Camp Branch Creek, the Blue River, and beyond.
Randy Knight, Community Relations Manager
Johnson County Park & Recreation District
Phone: 913.826.3442 Cell: 913.909.3334