With demolition of the former Faith Lutheran Church building under way, Prairie Village officials continue to move forward with planning for the new public park that will take over the three-acre site at 67th Street and Roe Avenue.
The city approved the purchase of the site in late 2016 following the congregation’s vote to disband after seeing membership decline. The Faith Lutheran congregation had its final services last summer.
Though a steering committee tasked with developing a final plan for the park layout will continue to meet, the city council in May approved a concept that includes amenities not currently offered in the city’s 12 other parks: a formal garden and a bocce ball court.
The only other bocce court in the area is at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Antioch Park in Merriam.
The council-approved concept also includes:
- Two small shelters
- A restroom
- An open grass area
- A play area
- A parking lot with 37 spaces
An overhead view of the proposed layout is below:
The committee had also been looking at incorporating a 30′ by 30′ fitness court that would include installations for outdoor bodyweight circuit training, including step-up platforms, pull up bars and gymnastics rings. A program through the National Fitness Campaign could provide a $10,000 grant toward the installation of the equipment. But with the total cost of installation for that feature close to $80,000, the majority of the city council felt the city’s expense would be too high, and directed the committee to take the idea off the table.
The steering committee is expected to bring a final concept and budget for amenities and layout to the council for approval in the coming months. The park is tentatively scheduled to be open to the public by spring 2019.