By David Markham
After nearly a year of construction, a mid-October ribbon cutting is planned for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s newest streamway park trail.
This special event for the trail’s initial phase of 3.4 miles will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, near Shelters 9 and 10 in Heritage Park, the current primary access point and western terminus for the new trail. The ribbon cutting will include light refreshments, giveaways and comments by Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commission Chair Paul Snider and other officials.
“We’re pleased to open this new streamway trail, which will help serve the greenspace needs of southeast Johnson County,” said JCPRD Project Manager Bill Leek. “This trail crosses open fields, most of it leftover pasture lands, with some woodlands along the stream, consisting primarily of oak, hickory, hackberry, sycamore and cottonwood.”
The new trail stretches east to Switzer Road. At this time, the shelter near Heritage Park Shelters 9 and 10 have the only restrooms and other amenities. The trail connects to surrounding residential neighborhoods but no parking for trail access is provided at those points. The paved trail is for pedestrians and bikes only.
Funding nor timeframe have been set for the trail’s next phase, expected to take the trail roughly two miles southeast to where Coffee Creek converges with the Blue River, just west of 69 Highway and northeast of the Overland Park Arboretum. Other entities including Overland Park are planning trails along the Blue River. More information about the Coffee Creek Streamway Park is available online.