By Holly Cook
General design guidelines for new shade structures at R Park gained preliminary approval during Roeland Park’s governing body workshop Monday. The item was placed on the consent agenda for an upcoming council meeting.
Parks Committee chair Jennifer Provyn presented design concepts for two small structures and one large feature structure. Here’s a look at the big structure from a couple angles:
And here are views of the two smaller structures:
Provyn said the shelters are meant to transform R Park into a distinct destination and encourage residents to use the location as a central meeting space.
The city hopes to bid and begin construction of the two smaller structures in 2018, but the main shelter would not be built until at least 2020. The council will be briefed on more detailed plans for the main shelter after the design is further along, Provyn said.
A local contractor estimated the two small shelters will cost about $46,000. Monday’s meeting was packed with interested residents and a handful voiced their support during the citizen comment portion of the meeting.
Resident Judy Hyde said parks and greenspace were vital to residents’ quality of life.
“We are worth that important investment,” Hyde said.
Resident support was also evident in the city’s most recent citizen survey which found shade structures at R Park as a top priority.
“I think the amount of people who came here tonight shows there is a lot of interest in quality shade structures for R Park,” Mayor Mike Kelly said.
The R Park shade additions are part of an initiative to add eight shade structures throughout the city’s parks, including shelters at the Aquatic Center and Granada Park.
Some funding has already been earmarked for the new structures. When the city approved its 2018 budget it included $56,000 for installing shade structures in parks and another $26,000 for R Park improvements.