Just more than $92 million is budgeted in the Shawnee Capital Improvements Plan over the next six years. But the Planning Commission is concerned about what isn’t budgeted.
The commission recently did its annual review of how expected incoming funds have been allocated. In the list of stormwater, street and park projects to complete from 2016-2021, the area around 71st Street and Gleason Road is not mentioned. It’s the location of the new Erfurt Park, set to open Oct. 10.
Commissioner Randy Braley said he was very disappointed road and accessibility improvements didn’t make the plan.
“I do not feel it is safe to walk on the side of the road on the curbs,” Braley said. “We have a residential community across the street that cannot walk to the park.”
Commissioner Dennis Busby echoed Braley’s concerns.
“We have a brand new park that is almost inaccessible to local people,” Busby said.
Commissioners also noted that the drive to the park does not look complete and might not give visitors a good first impression.
The commission’s comments will be presented to City Council.