|Groundbreaking for future Big Bull Creek Park in southeastern Johnson County set for April 29|
A groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I development of the Master Plan for Big Bull Creek Park is being planned for 10 a.m. on April 29. The event will take place at the site of the future Sunflower entrance to Big Bull Creek Park, at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton, which is located one-quarter mile north of W. 207th St. on Sunflower Road.
The ceremony is expected to last about a half hour, and is being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, which will own and operate the new park. Officials from Edgerton and Gardner have been invited as well.
Initial plans for Phase I of 1,980-acre future Big Bull Creek Park include a combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation to be located just north of the intersection of Four Corners Road and 199th St. Other anticipated amenities include a parking lot, two picnic shelters, a restroom, a discover nature playground, and a three-quarter-mile paved trail on Sunflower Road north of 207th St., and a group campground near 213th Street east of Spoon Creek Road. Officials anticipate an early 2018 completion.
For those who are in the area for the groundbreaking, April 29 is also the day for two annual JCPRD open house-type events. These include the Spring Community Day at JCPRD”s Mildale Farm facility, and the TimberRidge Adventure Center and Climbing Tower open house events.
Mildale Farm is located on another portion of the Big Bull Creek property. The five-hour Mildale Farm Community Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County and 136 acres of adjacent future parkland.
The community day event will let visitors explore the high-quality equestrian-style barn which is the property’s centerpiece, take part in arts and crafts activities for kids, and explore and picnic on the grounds. The public can also practice catch-and-release fishing in any or all of the seven ponds within the 158-acre area. While JCPRD fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 64 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, which will not be sold on-site. Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St.
Officials anticipate a planned maintenance project on 199th Street will begin on April 14. For the latest roadway information and directions, go to: https://www.jocogov.org/dept/public-works/projects/road-closings.
TimberRidge Adventure Center is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe, and is a 200-plus acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of this annual event, the facility is accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.
The TimberRidge Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the Climbing Tower Open House will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The open house events are meant to give visitors an opportunity to explore the facility, which is used primarily for adventure and challenge programming, as well as for rental opportunities for a variety of events, including outdoor weddings, corporate events and picnics, and family reunions. Open House activities will include: kayaking, canoeing, and pedal boating on Catfish Pond, the largest of TimberRidge’s three ponds, and use of the facility’s archery and BB gun ranges for ages 8 and older. Staff from JCPRD’s Planning and Development Department will be on hand during this event with information boards about the ongoing master planning effort for TimberRidge.
Would-be participants ages 12 and older who would like to participate in the Climbing Tower Open House should sign up and complete waiver forms at https://goo.gl/forms/P634HJSNm1UBzVV63.
For a map showing all three locations, to go http://jcprd.com/2017-BigBullCrk-MildaleFarm-TRAC-loc-map.pdf.