The District's Master Action Plan, MAP
2020, specifically recommended the updating of master plans for each
the county system. As part of a "3 Plans for 3 Parks" project, Landplan
Engineering developed and proposed master plans for Ernie
Heritage Park, and Shawnee Mission Park. Those plans
were approved by the District's Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners
on December 17, 2003.
In approving the Shawnee Mission Park plan, the Board instructed
staff to complete additional planning for the Oakridge
Farm and Stables adjacent to Shawnee Mission Park. The Oakridge
Master Plan is scheduled for completion
The improvement projects listed below are part of the phased implementation of the Shawnee Mission Park
Shawnee Mission Park Lake Renovations
Significant modifications to Shawnee Mission Park Lake are now being completed and will continue to impact recreational water activities for the duration of the
Last fall the water level was drawn down
to facilitate silt removal and wetland
creation in the east end of the lake. This spring the lake will be temporarily re-lowered to allow for the planting of native wetland vegetation. The purpose of the project
is to protect the water quality of this popular lake from increased
sediment and pollutant loading due to development upstream. An improved
fishery will result from the removal of sediment deposited over the
past 40 years and the development of structures to help protect the
lake from further siltation. Both the completion of the project and the complete refilling of the lake is especially weather dependent.
projects around the lake were also completed in conjunction with the lake draw down to improve access to the
water by boat and on foot. The rip-rap that protects the dam has been complemented with new stone and the face of the dam has been reshaped
to incorporate a trail for fishermen and the post-and-cable
guardrail on the dam was replaced for improved safety.
Dog Off-Leash Area Improvements
Having the lake lowered also provided an excellent
opportunity to make needed improvements to the dog off-leash area. Construction in the area began in August, 2007 and is scheduled for completion in early spring 2008.
The existing beach and access to the beach
had degraded over time and did not meet current Americans
with Disability Act (ADA) standards. The dog beach has been re-graded
and a new concrete sidewalk has been constructed from the ridge trail to the beach to provide an ADA-compliant access route.
Previously, the lack of fencing around the
entire off-leash area had made it difficult for users to be conscious
of the facility boundaries. As a result, dogs and their owners
wandering outside the designated area to the adjacent slopes along
the lake's edge had caused significant erosion and loss of vegetation.
Containment fencing is being added to the beach area to prevent
To make it easier to maintain the area and the many improvements to the site, and for the safety of our patrons and their pets, the entire off-leash area will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. each Tuesday for maintenance.
Marina Dock Replacement
A new dock system for the Shawnee
Mission Park Marina is planned for 2008. In preparation for
the new dock, the old dock was removed in
the fall of 2007 while the lake was lowered. Installation
of the new dock is scheduled for completion by the start of
the marina rental season in late May, 2008.
The new dock will be constructed of low-maintenance materials and has been designed to allow easier access
to paddle boats, canoes and sail boats.
Shawnee Mission Park Master
Shawnee Mission Park