The Johnson County Park & Recreation District is currently in the
process of developing a new strategic plan for managing Johnson County’s
open space and recreational resources through the year 2030. The new plan
will replace MAP
2020, a master action plan approved by the Board of Park
and Recreation Commissioners in 2001.
A team of nationally acclaimed specialists headed by SWT Design of St. Louis was commissioned in 2014 to re-evaluate and update MAP 2020’s recommendations and implementation strategies. Joining SWT in the planning effort over the past year have been De Soto-based Indigo Design, VSR Design of Prairie Village, Ballard*King & Associates of Highlands Ranch, CO, and ETC Institute of Olathe.
SWT’s consulting team presented its preliminary recommendations at a Strategic Plan Open House in the Elmridge Room at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, April 21. You can review a copy of the PowerPoint presentation the consultants used that evening to summarize their preliminary recommendations by clicking here.
The planning team will be finalizing its recommendations over the next several weeks, and the plan is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners for approval this summer.
Current Park Master Plans
One of MAP 2020's recommendations in 2001 was the updating of master plans for each park in the county system. The proposed planning for Antioch Park was completed by Theis Doolittle Associates in April 2003, and a "3 Plans for 3 Parks" project was conducted by Landplan Engineering in 2003 for Ernie Miller Park, Heritage Park and Shawnee Mission Park. Patti Banks Associates then developed master plans for Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park in 2005 and the Oakridge Farm site adjacent to Shawnee Mission Park in 2007. The master planning for Sunflower Nature Park and two future park sites - the Rieke Lake property and the Cedar-Niles property - was completed by Bowman Bowman Novick in 2008. A development plan for Camp Branch Glade was approved in 2014, and the park was developed and opened later that year.
To view our various park master plans, please visit....