The Cedar Niles property is a 900-acre future park site located west of K-7 Highway. Its northern boundary is 119th Street and its southern boundary is one-half mile south of 135th Street. Cedar Creek runs through the property which consists predominantly of mixed woodlands and open space. The site is near Lake Olathe and portions of the property are adjacent to The Prairie Center, a 300-acre natural prairie preserve and education site.
In April, 2008, a consulting team headed by Bowman Bowman Novick,
Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri, was hired to develop a master plan
for the future park site.
At a planning workshop at Ernie Miller Nature Center on June 4, members of the public had an opportunity to review site maps and suggest features they would like to see included in the park's design.
A second public workshop was held at Ernie Miller Nature Center on August 6. Those attending the workshop had an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed master plan developed by the consulting team after the initial workshop. They also had an opportunity to suggest names for the future park site.
Revisions were subsequently made to the plan based on the input received
during and after the second workshop. The Board of Park and Recreation
Commissioners considered the revised Master Plan for Cedar Niles Future Park Site at a Committee of the Whole meeting on
October 22 and approved the plan at its regular monthly meeting later that same evening.
In addition to multiple playgrounds, picnic shelters and restrooms,
the elements planned for the South,
Middle and North
sections of the property include:
- Restored natural prairie (16 acres)
- Observation tower
- Restored seasonal pond with pier
- Planetary themed display garden
- Small dog off-leash area (3 acres)
- Off-leash area (20 acres)
- 12' gravel multi-use trail (11.3 miles)
- 10' paved multi-use trail (9.6 miles)
- Nature trail with interpretive displays (1.6 miles)
- Mountain bike trail (5 miles)
- 4 sports practice fields
- Sand volleyball court
- Olympic archery range
- Trail access to the adjoining Prairie Center site
- Equestrian trailer parking lot
Implementation of a master plan for the Cedar Niles property is subject to fund availability and board approval.