|Booths at VillageFest on July 4 to seek public input on playground design, new activity center name|
Kids will get a chance to help select what they like best for a new playground at the future Meadowbrook Park at 91st and Nall. This is in addition to JCPRD’s earlier call for public input on a name for a new activity center at the site. Input on both topics will be sought during Prairie Village’s annual VillageFest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4 at 77th and Mission Road.
Earlier this year, JCPRD evaluated eleven proposals from six different companies for the new playground. The choices were narrowed to three designs, and during VillageFest, kids ages two to 12 will be encouraged to vote on their favorite design. Each design will be represented at the festival with video displays.
The goal is to develop a one-of-a-kind destination playground incorporating the most current elements of play on the market, or even more desirable, unique play elements that are comprised of new designs that have not been utilized in the region or area. There will be two general areas with play value and variety for ages 2 to 5 years and 5 to 12 years. Other guidelines for the proposals include creativity and originality that is visually appealing to children and adults. It also needs challenging equipment with safety, ADA compliance, and inclusive play consideration. Additionally, durability and ease of maintenance of equipment with a strong warranty are important.
The playground will cover approximately 15,000 square feet or one third of an acre and will be located near the new activity center. The surface materials for the playground areas will be a combination of synthetic turf and bonded rubber. The projected budget for the playground is over $700,000. Completion is anticipated in spring 2018.
For a peek at the features of each proposed playground design, visit jcprd.com/pages/meadowbrook.cfm.
During VillageFest, JCPRD will have four booths in the city hall parking lot. This includes one booth for each playground concept, as well as another at which adults can vote on names for the new Meadowbrook activity building. In June, the public submitted name suggestions for the building, and the public will be voting on 65 possibilities. Voting will be taking place through July 4 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFJQZP7, and during VillageFest on July 4. Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners will select the final name.
The new 10,000 square-foot center will serve as an activity center, but officials are looking for a more interesting and “personalized” moniker for the building, which is expected to host everything from weddings, to business retreats, to exercise classes. The structure will be located where the old Meadowbrook Club House once stood, and will include an event space for about 200 people, a multi-purpose room, and an early childhood development center with a natureplay area. Other building features will include a small lobby, administration area, catering kitchen, a deck overlooking the park area, and exterior restrooms which will serve the park. The building and its plaza will serve as the entry to JCPRD’s 82-acre park from the parking lot in the site’s northwest corner.