Extreme Sports Facility
An extreme sports facility is proposed at a location to be determined at a future date. This facility
will include a velodrome for cyclists and facilities for alternative sports such as rock climbing,
skateboarding and in-line skating. This type of facility, which is to be a corroborative effort with the
private sector, will help fulfill the need to target recreation opportunities to different sectors of the
population and ensure that recreational needs of youth are satisfied. Activities at the facility will
also provide an opportunity to attract residents who do not currently take advantage of District
facilities and activities. These needs were specifically identified in the Needs Assessment.
Multi-Purpose Recreation Centers
A major finding of the Needs Assessment study is the widespread support for multi-purpose recreation
centers. These facilities normally include 1-2 gymnasiums for basketball and volleyball, weight and
cardio-fitness areas, an indoor pool, senior activities, meeting rooms, an indoor running track and
multi-use space. It is expected that four (4) such facilities are needed to serve the existing and
projected future populations. It is recommended that one of these facilities, developed in conjunction
with a municipality, also include an aquatic center. Although specific locations for these facilities are
not identified, it is recommended that they be located in CPAs 1, 2, and 3, where the majority of the
County's population is centered or will be centered in 2020.
Scenic Roadway System
The creation of a countywide scenic roadway system is recommended. The routes selected should highlight
areas of particular natural beauty and minimal development. As a component of the proposed open space
system, these scenic roadways would satisfy two objectives. First, they would provide a pleasant
identified route for County residents and visitors to enjoy the act of driving as recreation. Second,
similar to Streamway parks, the scenic roadways would provide a connection/linkage between the County's
parks, open spaces and recreational facilities. The Scenic Roadway System is recommended only in
conceptual form. It is suggested that, as the municipal and county road system is expanded, improved and
renovated, more attention be given to preserving attractive views and creating beautiful roadways that
are a pleasure to use. The proposed system must be planned and coordinated with the County Area Roadway
Network Plan (CARNP) for Johnson County in order to insure that these objectives are met and duplication
of roadways avoided.
Streamway Parks (Streamway Parks and Trails)
The Streamway Park System is recommended for expansion from 568 acres to 5,114 acres. This expansion
includes every major creek in the County and connects almost all of the existing and future parks via
trails and linkages. The District should acquire approximately 2,046 additional acres (or 40 percent of
the future total) along all of the existing County streams. Such expansion should provide a 400 foot
average minimum width, including the stream. The balance of the new 5,114 acres (or 3,068 acres) should
be acquired and provided by others in a manner similar to that provided by the City of Overland Park and
other municipalities in the eastern part of the County. It is contemplated that part of the remaining
land be integrated into a countywide stormwater management program that would regulate floodplains and
establish stream setbacks and buffers. Additional Streamway park acquisitions should be a high priority
of the District in order to transform the local trail systems into a regional trail system and avoid the
potential loss of trail right-of-way to future development.
Existing wetlands in the County have been significantly modified. Alterations in the water level dynamics,
particularly the elevation and stabilization of water levels, have resulted from the construction of roads
and ditches and the damming of streams. The principal benefits arising from continued maintenance of
wetlands include, but are not limited to, stormwater storage, natural wildlife habitat, pollution
filtration and ecological education. In recognition of these benefits, where such wetlands exist in
District parks, it is recommended that they be maintained and enhanced to increase those benefits.
In addition, the substantial wetlands located along the southerly banks of the Kansas River provide an
opportunity for significant additional open space to be provided. While it is recommended to acquire only
90 acres of wetlands, the potential for additional acquisition is much greater. The wetlands located
along the Kansas River and designated on the County-wide map, if acquired in total, represent an
opportunity to retain an additional 4,500 acres of open space.
The following recommendations are of a general nature and apply to the District as a whole or its
- Prepare a revised mission statement and utilize it in all District publications.
- Design a new District logo and create a new slogan.
- Upgrade the quarterly newsletter.
- Identify an image which highlights prevalent elements of the natural beauty of the County and integrate it into the design of all parks in the District's system.
- Divide the park system into five management (5) zones organized around the regional parks.
- Develop a demonstration project that integrates a stormwater management program into the design of a Streamway park to gain support for widespread application throughout the County.
- Strengthen the public meeting process for all significant policy issues to gain support of District constituents.
- Broaden partnerships with municipalities, County agencies, townships, school districts, recreation commissions, private corporations and real estate developers.
- Strengthen and unify the identity of the District through the use of design standards and standard graphics and signs at all District facilities.
- Create a sense of entry for both pedestrians and vehicles similar to that at Shawnee Mission Park, emphasizing the use of natural stone or other materials indigenous to the region.
- Improve all parking areas with landscaping, curbs and other improvements as appropriate.
- Clearly indicate the limits of District holdings with the installation of survey monuments and attractive fences at major property boundary corners.
- Create park master plans for each District property to guide the renovation and development of facilities and programs.
- Participate in a cooperative restoration of a historic farmstead.
- Provide access to an old mill site with restoration of the mill by others.
- Consider use of demonstration projects as a normal course of business to maintain and reinforce the District's leadership position in all areas of parks and recreation in the County.