A late-November deadline has been set for public input on a proposed permanent name being considered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for a future park property in Johnson County.
During its Oct. 17 regular monthly meeting, the Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners tentatively approved the name Cedar Niles Park for a future park property encompassing 956 acres and stretching nearly two miles between 119th Street and just south of 135th Street west of Olathe.
In accordance with JCPRD policy, the board is currently seeking input from the public on the proposed park name. For consideration prior to the formal naming of the properties, input must be received on or before Nov. 23.  Comments and/or alternate suggestions may be submitted to the board by sending an email to [email protected] or by sending a letter to: Board Chair, JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219.
Plans for the first phase of development of the Cedar Niles property are currently in development, and officials anticipate a bid letting and start of construction will take place in 2019, with a park opening following in 2020. First phase development will focus primarily on roughly four miles of trails, mostly along Cedar and Little Cedar creeks, a picnic shelter, and restroom facility. The property includes perennial streams, dramatic topography, and diverse plant life.