Roeland Park approves engineering, design work for R Park pavilion, restroom

A rendering of one of the shelters planned for R Park.

Roeland Park’s city council on Monday approved the expenditure of $118,504 for engineering and design for the first of redevelopment for R Park. The project will be managed by Larkin Lamp Rynearson, a Kansas City engineering firm.

The phase one designs will include a pavilion and restrooms. The pavilion will be large enough to accommodate 60 people and the restrooms will be designed to meet this capacity, according to the task order.

Staff recommendations noted “…it is apparent that completing the two main structures at the same time makes sound planning sense and is fiscally beneficial.”

The city initially planned to spend $200,000 for a pavilion in 2020 and another $200,000 for permanent restrooms in 2021, but the timeline was changed to meet code requiring Roeland Park to provide adequate restrooms to accommodate individuals using the pavilion.

During a December meeting councilmembers discussed potential cost-savings efforts, like a prefabricated pavilion, that would allow the city to stick with its original budget. Ultimately the prefab structure idea was tossed after failing to gain council support.

Funding for phase 1 development will be paid through the Special Infrastructure Fund.

The Parks Committee is still working on the R Park phased development plan, and expects to have a recommendation ready for council by mid-March.

The task order will not be executed until councilmembers have approved the R Park phased development plan.

Correction: The originally published version of this story indicated that the council had approved expenditures of around $900,000 for the park work. That’s the estimated cost of all of the phases of the R Park development. The only expenditures approved Monday were for the first phase of design and engineering.