|Meadow Brook Master Plan - Planning for the Future
(Meadowbrook Park and Activity Building)
The Meadowbrook Park Master Plan was created to address the park space needs of Northeast Johnson County residents who lack a large regional park. The resulting master plan takes full advantage of approximately 80 acres of prime land consisting predominantly of lawn and mature trees that were established on the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club property in Prairie Village, Kansas. This report is a summary of the master plan and process that was utilized to transform the property into a one-of-a-kind park.
The design team was led by Landworks Studio who served as lead designer and project manager. The firm was supported by Shockey Consulting Services to run the public involvement components and Affinis Corporation for civil and traffic consulting. Key stakeholders included the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) staff and board, the City of Prairie Village, VanTrust Real Estate, and the Johnson County Board of Commissioners (BOCC). Select members of these organizations were invited to be a part of an Advisory Group that was created to help expedite the project. This Advisory Group also included Prairie Village staff, Planning Commissioners and citizen representatives from Prairie Village and Overland Park. The project was further expedited by holding the first ever Joint Officials Meeting that included the JCPRD board, Prairie Village City Council, Prairie Village Planning Commission, and BOCC. The officials provided feedback on the Guiding Principles for the project, public meeting and survey input, stakeholder input, and the initial concepts proposed.
Crediting an efficient process and effective decision making by all officials, the overall project took just over 5 months to complete.
Addition of Meadowbrook Activity Center Building to the Project
In early 2016 SFS Architecture was engaged to study the feasibility of the re-utilization of the existing Meadowbrook Country Club facility for JCRPD program use. At that time it was determined that the current plan configuration and condition of the building did not lend to a practical refurbishment of the existing structure. Therefore, the planning of the new $3.8 million dollar Activity Building facility began.
The new building has been sited at the location of the existing clubhouse that is scheduled to be demolished in late 2016. Existing retaining walls are intended to be carried forward as a relic of the existing structure and providing inspiration for the architectural concept of the new building to serve as a “Threshold” to the Park.
An axial approach to the building is proposed from the main parking lot, circulating patrons adjacent to the building entrance, crossing the threshold to the grand stair and into the entrance to the park. This axis focuses views from the perching point of the Grand Stair, over the Great Lawn and to the Park beyond.
The existing parking lot has been proposed to be refurbished, with an add-alternate to extend the parking lot to the East, adding approximately thirty (30+/-) vehicles. The entrance drive is planned to be graded to support accessible routes to
the building and park beyond. The surrounding grounds of the building will be landscaped to compliment both the uses within the building and the park activities. Existing infrastructure will be utilized where practical however new utilities are planned to be routed to the building.
The building has been planned to serve as an anchor for activities within the park. The program includes a large rentable banquet room to house events of up to 200 people. A multi-purpose room is also planned for smaller gatherings, JCPRD programs and exercise classes. A small warming kitchen and administrative spaces are centrally located with-in the building to support events and park programs. Rounding out the community amenities for the building is the Early Childhood Development Center.This program will be operated by JCPRD staff, focusing on nature based learning for pre-kindergarten children.
Public engagement has been an integral part of the planning of Meadowbrook Park and the associated Activity Building. A Citizen Input meeting was held at the Prairie Village Community Center in late October, 2016. The meeting was structured in an open house format, welcoming input and feedback from surrounding neighbors and interested citizens at large. Over four hundred invitations were distributed and nearly 50 citizens were in attendance. Many positive comments were received regarding what was on display. Excitement for the development and an eagerness to utilize the new park and building was expressed.
Bringing the Vision to Reality
In January of 2016, JCPRD engaged Landworks Studio to continue with the project to develop design and construction documents for Phase I improvements to be constructed. The design team is supported by Affinis Corporation for Civil engineering, SFS Architects for park structures and Lightworks for electrical and lighting design. In late October, 2016, the JCPRD board confirmed staff recommendations to combine the Meadowbrook Park and Activity Building projects as one bid-package to reduce administrative and construction costs, minimize site management risk and provide opportunities to streamline the schedule.
To date, the design team has developed designs for phase 1 improvements in accordance to the allotted budget.
Those improvements include the following components:
The project is currently under design and is following an aggressive schedule to achieve the following important milestones:
The future of Meadowbrook park includes an additional playground, shelter, restroom and small parking lot at the northeast corner of the park. The area will also host a sculpture garden overlook located on the highest green of the old course. Other amenities to look forward to in the future include a spray park, tennis courts, environmental education learning area, sculptures, additional shelters and restrooms.