After years-long legal battle, Shawnee to buy 20 acres off Johnson Drive for new city parks and rec HQ

Shawnee parks and rec

Shawnee is buying the property at 18750 Johnson Drive for $3 million from Wayne Developers LLC to create a parks and recreation headquarters for the city. The 20 acres of property are located just west of I-435 and include a 30,000-square-foot warehouse. File photo.

After months of negotiations, the city of Shawnee has agreed to purchase a piece of property near the Johnson County landfill to use as a new hub for the city’s parks and recreation department.

The Shawnee City Council on Monday voted 7-0 to approve a real estate agreement and purchase the property for $3 million from Wayne Developers LLC. The 20 acres of property are located at 18750 Johnson Drive, just west of I-435.