|Antioch Park Improvements Starting Soon|
Construction on a first phase of major improvements and renovations at Antioch Park will begin the week of Oct. 20. In all, $1.2 million in improvements is planned over the next seven months at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's oldest park. Antioch Park is located at 6501 Antioch, Merriam.
Work at the park follows the preparation and approval earlier this year of a new master plan for the facility calling for $4 million in improvements to be completed in four phases. The current project represents Phase I. No timeline for the additional improvement phases has been set and funds for the future phases are not currently budgeted.
Improving water quality in the park’s two lakes was one of the top priorities of the master plan. Toward this end, draining two lakes will be among the first tasks being tackled by Pyramid Excavation & Construction, Inc., the contractor for the Antioch Park improvements. This will be followed by dredging, dam repair and shoreline repair of both lakes. Wetland basins and aquatic plantings will be added at the east ends of both lakes to improve water quality and an elevated boardwalk will be constructed along the south shoreline of the south lake.
Other construction elements relating to water quality will include stabilization of the stream channel and the addition of native plantings to control erosion along the streams on the west side of both dams. The stormwater culvert under the main park drive will also be replaced.
Other major items in this phase of improvements will include the construction of a new paved one-mile walking trail around the park and a new fence consisting of stone columns and wood rails along Antioch Road.
Access to the park will be maintained throughout the project, although it is anticipated the park's main drive will likely be narrowed to one lane during replacement of the stormwater culvert. The public will be notified when that element of the project is set to begin.
The contractor's preliminary schedule has a completion date of June 1, 2004. While this potentially conflicts with the Turkey Creek Festival, which is scheduled to take place on May 15, 2004, representatives of the contractor said the work should be far enough along to minimize disruption to the festival.
As the District's first developed park, Antioch Park was initially dedicated in 1958. This 44-acre park remains one of the JCPRD's most popular, attracting 700,000 to 800,000 visitors per year. Development of the new master plan for Antioch Park and other JCPRD parks was a recommendation of the District's 20-year Master Action Plan (MAP 2020). Work on the Antioch Park Master Plan took place between late November 2002 and mid-April 2003.
For additional details and renderings of Phase I improvements at Antioch Park, please consult the Planning and Development page of the District's website at www.jcprd.com.
For more information, contact JCPRD Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton at (913) 438-7275.