Streamway Park dedication Saturday
De Soto's newest park has proved popular since it opening seven months ago, said Johnson County Parks and Recreation District land acquisition specialist Bill Maasen.
The mile-long Kill Creek Streamway Park will be dedicated in a ceremony of city and county officials at 10 a.m. Saturday at the trail's 95th Street entrance.
"It's about where we thought it would be in regards to visitation," Maasen said.
The trail winds along the west side of Kill Creek from 95th Street north to De Meadows. As it does, it crosses over two smaller tributaries and passes under Kansas Highway 10.
So far this year, 12,540 visitors have visited the streamway through its south entrance, Maasen said. That total doesn't count the number of visitors who accessed the trail from its northern De Meadows terminus or other points.
Two things make the streamway park unique, Maasen said. The off-lease dog run near the 95th Street entrance was the only such area the park district offered other than those at the four large regional parks, he said.
The intergovernmental cooperation that made the park possible was also noteworthy, Maasen said. The trail was a joint project that had the Johnson County Park District purchasing the land for the streamway's southern access point and picking up the park's $200,000 construction cost, he said. The city acquired needed easements from Huhtamaki and Mr. Goodcents.
"This trail is a perfect example of how governmental units can cooperate and even work with the private sector," he said. "Huthamaki and Mr. Goodcents donated right-of-way to the city, where they probably wouldn't have if it was the county asking."
Maasen said the county planned to link Kill Creek Streamway to Miller Park and the small trail there that connects to the Kansas River. To the south, plans were for the Kill Creek Streamway to connect to Kill Creek Park and eventually to Gardner Lake and trails south to Gardner, Maasen said. The city plans are to link to the streamway from the west along the railroad serving Commerce Park, City Engineer Mike Brungardt said. Construction of the branch trail would be part of a drainage project slated for 2007, he said.