David Markham
Communications Specialist
Jo Co Park & Rec. District
A much-anticipated grand opening event has been set for the new 2000+ acre Big Bull Creek Park located between Edgerton and Gardner in southwest Johnson County.
This event will get underway at 11 a.m. and run to 1 p.m. on Sept. 22, at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton,  located north of 207th St. The event will include comments from local officials, tours, light refreshments, and giveaway items. During the grand opening, the public is invited to visit all three areas of Phase I development at the new park.
The site of the ribbon cutting ceremony will be a nature-themed playground, which includes separate zones for ages five to 12, and two to five, and will be the first playground within JCPRD with seasonal water features. Amenities at this site include a looped trail, two large picnic shelters, and a four-season restroom facility that will serve park visitors.  There’s also ample parking, although officials are also planning possible overflow parking on opening day in the city of Edgerton’s nearby Martin Park.
The northernmost new development is a combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation located just north of the intersection of Four Corners Road and 199th St.  Adjacent to the facility is a new 18-hole disc golf course that will be open to the public.  A free disc will be given (while limited supplies last) to those that stop by the course immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony.
A group campground near 213th St. east of Spoon Creek Road, which will be reservable by organized youth groups, is the third area of development. Visitors will be able to see the group camping area’s multiple camping pods, mowed pathways, as well as a large picnic shelter and another four-season restroom facility.
Officials anticipate this event will be well-attended. In April of this year, more than 400 people attended a ribbon cutting for Antioch Park’s Dodge Town play area, and over Labor Day weekend, more than 1,000 took part in a ribbon cutting at Shawnee Mission Park?s new beach house. Despite a driving rain, in April 2017, 120 people came out for Big Bull Creek Park’s groundbreaking