|Roadway Delays Anticipated at Antioch Park|
Visitors to Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, can anticipate delays in getting in and out of the park's Recreation Administration Building complex during the week between Christmas and New Years.
Beginning Dec. 27, it is expected that construction at the park will result in one-lane traffic as new curbs are poured and the new entry drive is asphalted. The road may also be closed for short periods (10 to 20 minutes) to facilitate this construction. Barring inclement weather, it is anticipated the entry drive will be completed before the first of the year.
Work at the park follows the preparation and approval in 2003 of a master plan for the facility calling for $4 million in improvements to be completed in four phases. The current projects represent Phases I and II of improvements to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's oldest park. No timeline for additional improvement phases has been set and funds for the future phases are not currently budgeted.
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).