Three picnic shelters located near the north shore of Shawnee Mission Park Lake are closing for demolition and replacement, which could take up to six months, according to Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials.
A notice to proceed with this project is expected on Sept. 21, and the contractor has up to 210 days to complete the project, which involves shelters #5, #6, and #7, all located west of the park’s marina on West 79th Street within the park. The shelters are being replaced because of their age, and the new shelters will comply with accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The new shelters, which have been custom designed rather purchased as kits, will each accommodate eight to ten picnic tables, making them about the same size as the shelters being replaced. The shelter pads, walkways, and parking lots near the three shelters are also being removed and replaced.
Representatives of the contractor, Loyd Builders Inc., said 79th Street near the shelters could be intermittently reduced to one lane during demolition, but they do not anticipate any lengthy closures or delays. The accessible fishing pier will remain open during this project.
Like all outdoor projects, this endeavor is dependent upon good weather. In case of inclement weather, this project could be delayed or postponed. The overall goal is to have the new shelters available for rental no later than May 1. Loyd Builders Inc. recently constructed the Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower in JCPRD’s Kill Creek Park near Olathe.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.
For more information, contact Project Manager Bill Leek at (913) 826-3439.