The Overland Park City Council this week approved the purchase of a new play structure to replace the existing indoor equipment at the Matt Ross Community Center, which has reached the end of its expected period of use.
Crews will begin installing the $130,000 structure from Soft Play in July with an expected completion date in September.
More upgrades are expected at Matt Ross later this year, as well. The city plans to install new spray features and air filters in the indoor pool facility, and to introduce new technology on the cardio machines in the fitness center.
The council on Monday also approved a contract to bring new outdoor playground equipment to Sapling Grove Park — the departure site of the Bartleson–Bidwell Party’s trek to California in 1841 — as well as the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex at costs of $85,000 and $100,000, respectively. The playground equipment is part of a series of improvement planned for Sapling Grove Park. Public works crews have the installation of new restrooms and updated shelter structures there. The parking lot will also be reconstructed.