New Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village to include a sledding hill and almost four miles of trails

Meadowbrook Park will include several destination areas including a new artificial hill for sledding.
Meadowbrook Park will include several destination areas including a new artificial hill for sledding.

The new Meadowbrook Park now scheduled to open in April 2018 will include a sledding hill, almost four miles of trails and a playground featuring the latest in kid-friendly equipment, the Prairie Village City Council was told Monday.

“This is going to be a wonderful park that will be loved and enjoyed by visitors for many years to come,” said Jeff Stewart, deputy director of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District.

The 84-acre county park on the former Meadowbrook Country Club property at 95th and Nall will feature several key areas including a Great Lawn event space for concerts and Meadowbrook Hill, a mound built with silt dredged from the property’s pond that will rise to 30 feet.

Kelly Vanelders of Landworks Studio, the park consultant, said the artificial hill would have enough slope to make it a new sledding destination. He added that an extensive network of trails will touch every corner of the park.

Other areas of the park include The Grove, where there will be a sandbox, shelter, restroom, outdoor musical instruments for kids and other play equipment. Vanelders said the play area may feature the latest in equipment from American and European vendors who might want to use it for a test market.

There also will be a senior wellness area with specialized equipment for that age group and pickleball courts. Phase I of the park project also includes two restroom locations with four heated stalls in each building and three picnic shelters.

A Grand Pavilion that accommodates about 120 people will be located near the Community Center that’s being built on the location of the former Meadowbrook clubhouse. The Grand Pavilion will include an outdoor kitchen with a gas grill.

The newly-dredged ponds on the property will be stocked with fish, and fish habitat structures are being placed on the bottom for breeding and shelter.

The 10,800 square-foot community center will feature a natural stone and glass exterior. It will include an event space for up to 200 people, an Early Childhood Education Center and a smaller, multi-purpose room.

Bids for the community center are expected to go out in March 2017 and be awarded in May. Construction is expected to begin in early June. The community center will cost an estimated $3.8 million. The overall cost of the new park, including the community center, is $12.2 million.

There will be 378 parking spaces with the bulk being near the community center and along the new Meadowbrook Parkway.

Stewart told Council members that areas of the park, including the trails, may be open to the public before the final completion date.

The remaining one-third of the former Meadowbrook property is being developed by VanTrust Real Estate with 53 single-family homes, a 282-unit apartment project, 70 townhouses,a 50-room boutique hotel, 5,000 square-foot restaurant and a senior housing development with 330 units.