|Northernmost Portion of Mill Creek Streamway Park Reopens|
The northernmost portion of the Mill Creek Streamway Park is scheduled to reopen for public use beginning Saturday, Jan. 21, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials announced.
The 1.5-mile portion of the Mill Creek Streamway Park's Gary L. Haller Trail stretching from Wilder Road in Shawnee north to Nelson Island in the Kansas River was closed and fenced off during the last quarter of 2005 after a stream bank supporting a small section of trail located under a railroad bridge parallel to the Wilder Road bridge over Mill Creek was damaged by a storm. The temporary closure prevented access to Nelson Island, the only publicly-accessible island in the Kansas River in the metropolitan area, which first opened in 1996.
Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen said bank stabilization efforts were completed in mid-January and involved removing the damaged portion of the bank and refilling it. When it reopens, the repaired section under the bridge, which is less than 50 linear feet in length, will have a temporary gravel surface, but should be very passable for pedestrians and bicyclists. Maasen said the gravel will likely remain in place until summer to give the area time to settle and further stabilize before this section is permanently resurfaced.
With this reopening, all 17 miles of the Gary L. Haller Trail stretching south to 119th and Northgate Road east of Woodland Avenue in Olathe will be open for use. For more information, call (913) 438-7275 or (913) 831-3359.