Archive for Thursday, March 8, 2007

City seeks designer for Riverfront Park

March 8, 2007

The city of De Soto hopes to have a firm named this month to produce a design on a new city park on the boat ramp property in the West Bottoms.

City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said city engineer Mike Brungardt would present him this week the specifications to be put in a request for qualifications of firms interested in designing the park on property the city purchased four years ago. The former sand plant property is now home to a boat ramp opened 10 months ago, which allows access to the Kansas River.

An effort to streamline the park's design process was started earlier this year with the naming of a committee of De Soto City Councilwomen Betty Cannon and Mitra Templin, park and recreation commissioners Doug Pickert and Nancy Cook, planning commissioners Mike Kroeger and Richard Hemphill, and citizens Larry Johnson and Steve Winslow. The committee was charged with developing a list of features that should be offered at the park.

After two meetings, the committee suggested first-phase improvements should include an asphalt entry drive, paved parking for boats and cars, trails, small shelter, and the extension of water and sewer to the site. The cost of those improvements is estimated to be $638,000.

Guilfoyle told the council last Thursday a premium would be placed on those design firms with experience with floodplain design. He also said the firm would be expected to produce a design relatively quickly.

The first-phase park improvements came out of last month's consensus capital improvement workshops with the fourth highest score. It and the three projects scoring higher would cost a total of from $3.34 million to $4.34 million.

The city council must now decide what to make of that list. Council members agreed last Thursday to schedule a special meeting Thursday to start its discussion of adopting a five-year capital improvement list.

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