Prior to the creation and adoption of its Parks Master Plan in 2009, the Prairie Village City Council spent months collecting input from residents through workshops, interviews and a survey sent to 2100 people. In that survey, 79 percent of respondents said they were in favor of the idea of a trail system that would increase access between parks, schools, shopping centers and other public areas. 54 percent of those respondents said they were “very willing” to help fund the creation of the system.
But now that the city is considering moving forward with the implementation of parts of the trails plan, which calls for 8-feet-wide paths in most places, City Council members are hearing vocal opposition from residents — particularly those whose property abuts city right-of-ways that would be used for the trails.
So as the city prepares to consider the implementation of a trail along Somerset Drive from Franklin Park to Meadowbrook and whether to shift a planned trail from Roe Avenue to Nall Avenue, what do you think Prairie Village’s elected officials should do?