Briefly Noted: Shawnee makes progress on Wilder Bluff Park; JCCC continuing education department to offer free training 

The city of Shawnee is making progress on its newest park, Wilder Bluff, near 55th Street and Belmont Drive. Crews began digging rain gardens last week, and sanitary extension should be completed soon. Photo via city of Shawnee newsletter.

Shawnee makes progress on Wilder Bluff Park

The city of Shawnee is making progress on its newest park, Wilder Bluff, near 55th Street and Belmont Drive.

Last week, crews focused on forming and pouring trails near the park’s northern end and began digging for rain gardens. Additionally, sanitary extension work is anticipated to be completed soon and some utility structures arrived.

Wilder Bluff developments are updated weekly online and can be found here, along with drone videos and photos.

Johnson County Community College continuing education department to offer free training

The Johnson County Community College Continuing Education Department announced last week a partnership with JoCoWorks will offer a number of free training programs for those impacted by COVID-19.

A wide range of fields are covered in the free training courses including healthcare, leadership, manufacturing, information technology, finance and project management. The courses are free to those who qualify and complete an application checklist.

Working-age Johnson County residents are eligible for the program, and can find additional information here.

Westwood Hills cancels annual, city-sponsored Halloween trick-or-treating event due to COVID-19

The city of Westwood Hills canceled its annual, city-sponsored Halloween trick-or-treating event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Normally, the city closes its streets to thru-traffic and increases its police presence to allow for children and families to participate in the event. City leaders determined it would be unwise to continue with the event amid a pandemic, as the crowd usually reaches about 300 people.

Streets and parking lots will be partially barricaded for the Westwood Hills Shops, but signs will be made to inform the public that the city is not participating in trick-or-treating. Residents who wish to not participate in the festivities can also print off a sign for their front doors to let trick-or-treaters know they’re not participating.

Those who choose to hand out candy are encouraged to follow Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines for doing so.