Family Park Master Plan approved by Shawnee County commissioners

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – During Thursday’s Shawnee County Commission meeting, commissioners adopted the final Family Park Master Plan presented by HTK Architects and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

Talks for the destination park have been in the works since 2014 and is now one step closer to being a reality.

The park is set to be constructed near Southwest Topeka Aquatics Park at SW 21st and Urish where there is also an existing golf course.

The park will be for all age groups and interests.

“You’ve got a diversity of experiences that you can have. You can play on playgrounds, you can participate in community events there, there’s a large wooded area that will allow some nice trail walking,” Zach Snethen with HTK Architects said.

Proposed Amenities:

  • Destination/Fitness Playground
  • Dog Park
  • Sledding Hill
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Indoor Activity Center
  • Driving Range
  • Clubhouse/Pro Shop

If the Master Plan were fully implemented, the total cost would be $30 million. $10 million dollars came from a bond issue that was reissued with money going towards parks and recreation. The money for the initial phase of the Family Park will come from that bond. A portion of that money is already committed to the Deer Creek Trail extension project which is under way now.

Commissioner Kevin Cook said this is only a plan and while the plan includes many elements, the new park may or not include all of the proposed elements.

The project team will discuss construction phases and funding proposals with commissioners at a later date.

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