Shawnee County Parks & Rec wants residents to vote on Family Park design

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is asking for more feedback from locals in its second phase of planning for the new Family Park.

The department posted an online survey to find out what people want from the new facility. HTK Architects, who designed three layouts for the park, will also ask the public to vote on their favorite in the survey. Family Park is located in the 2200 block of SW Urish Road.

“This is their chance to be heard. We want people’s feedback,” said Tim Laurent, director of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. “We want to make sure that when we’re done, we have something that people are proud of and that they’ll use. So we really want to hear what people have to say, we want to get that feedback.”

Each design features similar amenities like playgrounds and an event space. The differences are the roads leading to the park, and one design also features a sledding hill.

“A critical component of the planning process is gathering public and stakeholder input concerning potential passive and active recreational opportunities in Family Park,” said Zach Snethen, principal at HTK Architects.

Similar to Gage Park and Lake Shawnee, the SCP + R department wants Family Park to become a major destination, to potentially draw more than 1 million visitors per year.

“While we work to maintain the park and recreation assets we presently manage, we must also provide recreational opportunities to the growing areas of our community,” said Tim Laurent, SCP+R director.

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