JCPRD is seeking input on priorities for capital improvements investment. Read the information below and let us know your thoughts.
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) operates and maintains 16 developed park areas, including four streamway parks, and 87 miles of trails. JCPRD comprises over 10,000 acres and generates more than 7.5 million visitations annually. JCPRD is governed by the eight-member Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approves JCPRD’s annual operating budget. During the 2016 budget process, the BOCC approved a 0.75 mill levy increase for JCPRD to fund implementation of its Legacy Plan. This number was slightly reduced in 2018 and provides funding for approximately one-half of the needs identified in the Legacy Plan. The 15-year strategic plan called for capital improvements to existing parks and facilities, the opening of five new parks, and adding 38 miles of trail to its streamway trail system. Since then, three new parks have been opened with two on the horizon.
Recreation facilities owned and/or managed by JCPRD include: Theatre in the Park; two beaches and two marinas; sports complexes with fields for youth soccer, football, baseball, and softball; multi-use facilities or fieldhouses; two 18-hole golf courses; three early childhood development centers and, in cooperation with four school districts, 66 Out of School Time program sites; two 50 plus senior centers in cooperation with two area municipalities; a nature center in Ernie Miller Park; TimberRidge Adventure Center; Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse and Mildale Farm meeting and event facilities; and White Fox Manor Stables. JCPRD offered over 4,200 fee-supported recreation and interpretive programs that generated over 2.7 million program participations in 2018.
Legacy Plan investment priorities:
The Legacy Plan identified needs of $338 million over the 15-year plan. Distribution of these investments:
• New development of parks and trails - 47%
• Maintenance and capital replacement in existing parks and facilities - 45%
• Operations associated with new development - 8%
Major accomplishments 2016-2019:
• Lexington Lake Park opened July 2017
• Coffee Creek Streamway Park Trail - 3.5 miles opened Oct. 2017
• Antioch Park Dodge Town play area renovation April 2018
• Shawnee Mission Park Beach House renovation May 2018
• Stilwell Community Park Inclusive Playground opened Sept. 2018
• Big Bull Creek Park opened Sept. 2018
• Meadowbrook Park opened June 2019
• Shawnee Mission Park Inclusive Playground opened July 2019
• Kill Creek Streamway Park Trail 1.5-mile extension
• Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower at Kill Creek Park
• Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park/Coffee Creek Streamway Park Trail access
• Shawnee Mission Park Marina building repairs
• Mid-America Sports Complex and Mid-America West Sports Complex backstop and fence replacement
Projects starting soon:
• Cedar Niles Park and Streamway Trail
• Camp Branch Streamway Trail
• Shawnee Mission Park John Barkley Plaza (park entrance improvements)
• Shawnee Mission Park Trail in Walnut Grove/Parkhurst connector
In the spring of 2019, a comprehensive study on the condition and needs for JCPRD’s outdoor athletics facilities was completed.
Study findings led to the following recommendations:
• Heritage Park Football Complex - $10 million renovation
• Heritage Soccer Park - $40 million renovation
• Heritage Park Softball Complex - $5 million renovation
• Mid-America Sports Complex - $26 million renovation
• Mid-America West Sports Complex - $14 million renovation
• Stoll Park Soccer - move most soccer programming to Heritage Soccer Park
The large investment needed to open new parks and facilities, acquire land, construct new trails, renovate the outdoor sports field complexes, and maintain the quality of existing facilities exceeds existing funding.
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