|First Public Meeting on New Stoll Park Master Plan is Dec. 11|
An initial public opportunity for input on a new Master Plan for Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park for Johnson County Park and Recreation District has been set for Dec. 11. The meeting will take place at the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, 12235 Rosehill Road, which is located approximately three blocks from the park, and will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If weather allows, a walk in the park is planned to assist in soliciting the public's ideas and input. Participants would be divided into small groups and have an opportunity to note their thoughts and concerns relating to renovation efforts during the walk-through. The second part of the meeting will be an opportunity to further discuss their findings and input. In case of bad weather, the entire meeting will take place at the school.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to continue their enthusiastic support of the park and help plan its future," said Landscape Architect Patti Banks, whose Kansas City, Mo.-based firm was hired in October to serve as consultants for this project.
Officials anticipate the master planning project will involve a total of three public meetings. A final presentation is tentatively anticipated during the Board’s March 2005 meeting. Dates for the other meetings have yet to be set, but it is expected they will take place after the first of the year.
The new master plan is expected to enhance the “curb appeal” of the park, address maintenance concerns, and provide a roadmap for park improvements over a number of years. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 2005 Capital Improvement Plan includes $50,000 to begin implementation of the new master plan during the next year. The 80-acre park is located at 12500 West 119th St., Overland Park.
For more information on the Stoll Park Master Plan, call Park Planner Megan Merryman at (913) 894-3345 at Johnson County Park and Recreation District, or Landscape Architect Craig Rhodes at (816) 756-5690 ext. 3007 at Patti Banks Associates.