Public input sought on names for four future park properties

08/13/2014 8:36 AM

08/13/2014 8:36 AM

Want to help name a park? The Johnson County Park and Recreation District is looking for public input on the names of four future park properties under development.

The park department will take public input until Aug. 18 for sites near 207th Street and Metcalf Avenue and in the vicinity of 175th Street and Mission Road.

It’s worth noting that the park commission already has tentative names for the parks.

The one near Metcalf is about 55 acres and is the long-awaited Stilwell Community Park. That property was bought in 1998 but has remained undeveloped while residents struggled to raise money for amenities they wanted. However, the commission decided recently to go ahead with a bike trail, parking lot and signage to get things rolling. Construction may begin in the next month or so.

The three other park names are related to the area around Camp Branch Creek. A 300-acre park is in the works that will have the name Camp Branch Park. Sixty acres of that, tentatively called Camp Branch Glade, is set to open in January with a parking lot, signage and trails. That park was acquired through an exchange between the park department and Blue Valley School District.

Also to be developed is the proposed Camp Branch Streamway Park, which would run along the creek.

Anyone who wants to provide an opinion on the names is encouraged to email officials at chairman@jcprd.com or send a letter to: Board Chair, JCPRD Administration Building, 7904 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219.

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