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Feb. 7 Meeting Set to Discuss Kill Creek Park Trail Proposal
POSTED: 02/07/2002
Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide input during a public meeting to discuss proposed plans for hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking trails at the new Kill Creek Park near De Soto. The meeting will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Administration Building at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The meeting will include an informal presentation on proposed trail plans by JCPRD Landscape Architect Cliff Middleton, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The current proposal includes 4.45 miles of unpaved hiking trail, 3.12 miles of all-terrain bike trail, and 4.84 miles of equestrian trail. This would be in addition to the 3.67 miles of paved trails which were in place when Kill Creek Park opened in November 2001.

Middleton said the trail proposal was driven by input from local users groups. These groups have included the Earth Riders Mountain Bikers, hikers with the Kansas City Outdoor Society, and a number of individual equestrian users. He emphasized that no plans for equestrian facilities other than the proposed trails mentioned above will be discussed during Thursday's meeting. Implementation of trail plans is expected to begin this spring with volunteer assistance from these users groups.

Unless a need for major revisions is indicated during Thursday's meeting, the trail proposal would next go Before the JCPRD's District Board Park Committee on Feb. 11 and then before the full board for formal action during its Feb. 20 regular meeting.

With a total of 850 acres, Kill Creek Park was the JCPRD's first new regional park to open since 1981 and is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. The park's entrance is located near 116th and Homestead Lane.

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