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Public Meetings on Oakridge Farm Plan Sheduled for Nov. 1, 2, and 9
POSTED: 10/25/2006
The next opportunities for public input on a new master plan for th Oakridge Farm property will take place on Nov. 1, 2, and 9 at the Shawnee Mission Park Administration Building, located near the park's 7900 Renner Road entrance.

The little-known 363-acre Oakridge Farm property is adjacent to Shawnee Mission Park's north side. The roughly J-shaped property is the site of the historic Mack House, which was built in the 1940s, and is also currently the site of the Oakridge Stable horse boarding operation. Through the planning project, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District hopes to determine appropriate and feasible uses for the house and property and complete a plan by late March 2007.

On each day of the November meetings, consultants will be working in the Board Room from 8 a.m. and throughout each day and plan to complete a draft plan by the end of the Nov. 9 session. Members of the public are welcome to drop in during the day in Nov. 1 and 2, but will receive more undivided attention during public sessions scheduled at the end of each day.

On Nov. 1, the public session will take the form of a "pinup session" from 5 to 7 p.m., but no formal presentation is planned. Landscape Architect Craig Rhodes of Patti Banks and Associates, the consultant for this planning process said the meeting is so named because materials which has been discussed or created will be attached to the walls for viewing.

"This is a time that people can see what came out of the brainstorming sessions and where we might be headed," Rhodes said. "It is also a time to give comments on what they envision the park to be."

On Nov. 2, the public session will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will involve a presentation and work session to decide which alternate concept to move forward with.

On Nov. 9, the public session will again take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will be an open house format in which the public can view final draft drawings.

For more information on the Oakridge Farm Master Plan, call Park Planner Megan Merryman at (913) 894-3345.

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