Final public input session a milestone in Meadowbrook park creation timeline

Pickleball players endured blustery conditions Tuesday as they took advantage of the Meadowbrook Grand Lawn. New pickleball courts are part of the plan for the public park on the property.
Pickleball players endured blustery conditions Tuesday as they took advantage of the Meadowbrook Grand Lawn. New pickleball courts are part of the plan for the public park on the property.

On Wednesday, dozens of Johnson County residents filed through the Meadowbrook Country Club dining room, examining conceptual drawings for the new public park planned for approximately 84 acres of the property.

Next month, the process for officially making that plan a reality will begin.

Tuesday’s final public input session on the park provided one final opportunity for Johnson County Park and Recreation District staff to hear from the public before they submit the draft master plan to the district board and the Prairie Village City Council next month.

Park and Recreation District Director Jill Geller said that very little had changed in the plan since it was presented to a joint session of city and county officials last week. While the group had made adjustments to ensure there was the potential to provide lighting along some of the trails planned for the park, the main features remained intact.

“I think it’s a really good picture of what the public wants to see in this space,” Geller said. “A lot of green space and trails.”

Geller noted that the current timeline calls for both the park and recreation board and the city council to give final approval to a plan for the space by December. With that approval and the closing of Prairie Village’s bond issue, county leaders will have the green light to begin making the park that was once thought to be a distant dream a reality.

Geller anticipated that, should everything go according to plan, parts of the space would officially be open for public use in early 2017.

Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion and Park and Recreation District staff Randy Knight discuss the conceptual plan for the park at Tuesday's open house.
Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion and Park and Recreation District staff Randy Knight discuss the conceptual plan for the park at Tuesday’s open house.