At long last plans are underway to develop Big Bull Creek park near Edgerton.
The 2000 acres was purchased about 15 years ago but has remained nearly off-limits and undeveloped for public use.
The park property has not been without controversy.
In October 2012, Edgerton city officials went thru the condemnation process to purchase about 15 acres from Johnson County Parks and Recreation, which had originally been purchased in 1998 with $6 million in bond debt.
The condemnation was necessary upon the advice of the JCPRD’s legal counsel. Edgerton ended up paying $196,000 for 11 acres. Because JCPRD had originally purchased the property with a bond issue, the money could only be used to pay down debt or purchase replacement property.
At that time, park department officials said there was not enough revenue to develop the park, or to start construction.
So at long last, a master plan has been created and will be available for public comment from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at New Century Fieldhouse. The meeting will encompass public design discussions and a brief presentation.
The draft master plan reviewed by the Edgerton City Council Jan. 28, includes a fishing pond, disc golf, shelters, dog park, hiking and equestrian trails, overlook and RV and tent camping. The park is adjacent to Edgerton, and a major park entrance is planned near Sunflower Rd.
Edgerton officials were asked to review the proposed plan and voiced some concerns regarding entry and increased park traffic interspersed with intermodal truck traffic, the 500 acres designated as prairie, and trail access from Edgerton.
Johnson County residents will have a chance to review the proposed master plan at the Feb. 22 meeting.
Thank you. It’s about time.