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Public Invited to Kill Creek Park Dedication
POSTED: 10/24/2001
 
The public is invited to attend a formal dedication for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's new Kill Creek Park, located near De Soto.

The dedication will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the park, which is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe (see written directions below). The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will include: Comments by JCPRD Board Chair Craig Kenworthy, Johnson County Commission Chair Douglas Wood and Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County President Bruce Kusmin; special recognition for Russell and Helen Means, who were major land donors for the project; an overview of the project's history; and recognition of staff, architects and contractors involved in the project. Refreshments will be provided.

The new 850-acre Kill Creek Park will be the JCPRD's first regional park to open since Heritage Park in Olathe was dedicated in 1981.

The new park will be left largely undeveloped and feature magnificent prairie and lowland vistas accessible only by walking trails. The developed portion of the park will include a 26.5-acre lake featuring a swimming beach with a bathhouse (set to open to the public in 2002) and a marina. Other facilities include: four picnic shelters, a playground, a boat ramp, restroom building and 1.25 miles of roads. Also on the property are 3.36 miles of paved multiuse trails.

The amenities above represent the first of three phases of development envisioned for Kill Creek Park. Work on these developments began in early 2000. Large landscape art elements discussed during early conceptualization of the park are still being considered and would be dependant upon securing private financing.

After targeting the general area for a regional park in the late 1970s, the JCPRD acquired the first portion of the land for Kill Creek Park in 1989 when it received a donation of 355 acres from Russell and Helen Means. Additional acreage has been purchased with the assistance of the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County. The District continues to seek additional adjacent acreage within the boundaries of the former Sunflower Army Ammunitions Plant. This would be contingent upon the method and timing of the federal government's disposal of the property.

The park's entrance is located near 116th and Homestead Lane. To get to the park, get off of Kansas Highway 10 at the Kill Creek exit and proceed south to 115th Street. Turn right and go to Homestead Lane. Take a left onto Homestead and the park entrance is on the right near the crest of the first hill.


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