Kill Creek Park (Regional Park)
Previously planned Phase I improvements are currently being constructed at Kill Creek. The park is
scheduled to open to the public in 2001. After completion of the Phase I improvements, the equestrian
facilities currently located at Oakridge Farm can be relocated to Kill Creek. Additional recommendations
Mid America Sports Complex (Sub-Regional Park)
- Complete Phase II and Phase III developemnt of the park.
- Provide group camping facilities along with a new skills course and new equestrian trails.
- Construct a new Environmental Center that could also house the equestrian center.
- Initiate a program of streambank stabilization on Kill Creek.
- Build a picnic area with 4 shelters.
- Construct an interpretive observation tower that provides views of natural areas within the park.
- If land is conveyed to JCPRD from the Sunflower Munitions property, prepare a new master plan.
Improvements recommended include:
Sunflower Nature Park (Sub-Regional Park)
- Improve vehicular circulation by re-defining the front entry and providing a drop-off area.
- Improve the two playgrounds to meet ADA standards.
- Screen the maintenance area with landscaping from players and spectators.
- Add an additional concession building and lighting for the multi-purpose fields to address increased usage at this site.
- Install lighting for the two multi-purpose fields to more adequately meet user needs.
- Improve parking lots with the addition of landscaped islands to make visiting the facility a more pleasant experience for users.
Recommended improvements include:
Potential Park Site
- Establish trail linkages to the future Captain Creek Streamway.
- Construct a wildlife observation shelter.
- Prepare a management plan for the existing prairie areas that prescribes burning on a regular basis.
- Remove the canary reed grass around the pond.
- Upgrade the parking area, ballfields, concession and restroom facilities operated by the City of DeSoto.
- Eliminate the straight embankment forming the north side of the pond to provide it a more natural appearance.
- Improve the steep path section at the east end of the pond to meet ADA requirements.
- Screen the maintenance facility from view from balance of the park.
- Make the design and maintenance of ballfields consistent with that of other JCPRD facilities.
The "Potential Park Site" shown in CPA #5 is part of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant that was declared
"excess" by the United States Army in 1998. The Johnson County Park and Recreation District subsequently
made application and was approved for a no-cost transfer of approximately 2,800 acres of the Sunflower
property through the National Park Service's "Federal Lands to Parks Program." At this time, however, the
responsibility for dispersing land at the site rests with the General Services Administration, which is
considering a "public benefit conveyance" of a yet-to-be-determined portion of the property for park use.
If Sunflower land is eventually transferred to the District, it will be developed to complement the
adjacent Kill Creek Regional and Streamway parks.