|Firm Hired to Prepare Master Plan for Stoll Park|
The Kansas City, Mo., land planning firm of Patti Banks & Associates was recently awarded a contract to prepare a new master plan for Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park.
On Oct. 20, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board accepted the firm’s proposal for the project from among three received as recommended by a seven-member selection committee.
District officials anticipate the project will involve three public meetings and a final presentation is tentatively expected during the Board’s March 16, 2005 meeting. The first public meeting will likely take place in late November or early December. The date and place of that session will be announced following an initial meeting between key staff and consultants in mid-November.
“We do want to bring the neighbors in and get their feelings and thoughts and see what they have to say,” said JCPRD Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen. “I think this will be very similar to the Antioch Park master planning process (completed in 2003) because there are so many adjacent home owners who have a vested interest in the master plan and how the park could be improved.”
In addition to enhancing the “curb appeal” of the park and other park improvements, Maasen anticipates the master plan will also call for an increased maintenance presence at the park. Currently, the 80-acre park does not have a maintenance compound and relies on personnel and equipment from Heritage Park, located more than 40 blocks to the south at 16050 Pflumm, Olathe.
Presently $50,000 has been budgeted in the District’s 2005 Capital Improvement Plan to begin implementation of the new master plan next year.
During its July 21 meeting, the District Board authorized staff to request proposals for a new master plan for Stoll Park and agreed to use 2004 capital improvement funds for this process. This authorization followed the brief and controversial consideration of a proposal from the Johnson County Community College, which is adjacent to the park property, on the possibility of a property exchange involving the park. Park neighbors strongly opposed the proposal to exchange the property and formed a group called “Friends of Stoll Park.” The Friends group was represented on the selection committee that recommended the hiring of Patti Banks & Associates.