Dr. Faris Farassati and architect James Scott came before the Board and neighbors to present their proposed project, The KC Outlook, at the May board meeting. The printed materials provided can be viewed below.
Minutes from the meeting will be available at a later date.
Construction began yesterday on our new sprayground. Neighborhood meetings were held in November 2015 to get input from the four GRIP (Gillham Road Improvement Project) neighborhoods. An online survey was made available to the neighborhoods at the same time. Based on neighborhood input, the design consultant presented a conceptual design of the proposed sprayground at the January 2016 Hyde Park Neighborhood Association meeting.
The project received $100,000 PIAC funding in May 2016 for design work. The design consultant prepared construction documents for the sprayground so it was ready to be built once adequate funding was made available. In May 2017 the project received an additional $290,000 PIAC funding. The final amount to begin construction, nearly $400,000, was donated by a local Kansas City family foundation who wishes to remain anonymous.
The below items for the Gillham Road Improvement Plan (GRIP) have already been completed. In the poll, which can be found by clicking here, please rank which of the remaining items are of the highest priority to you and your neighbors.
Build of Play Area 2-5 years at 38th
Tennis court improvements at 39th
Build of Play Area 2-12 years at 41st
Spray Ground at 41st (to complete fall 2018)
Pedestrian Trail along Kenwood
Removal of Swimming Pool Restrooms
Improvements to Lower Pedestrian Trails 42nd to Brush Creek
We are happy to announce that KC Parks and Recreation were able to secure private funding to cover the remaining amount of funding needed to build the sprayground in Gillham Park! They are currently finalizing the contract documents with the contractor, Mega Industries. Stay tuned for more updates on when they anticipate starting work!
For more information on the spray park and how it plays in to the Gillham Road Improvement Project, please visit this page of our website, published during the proposal period in 2015.