The Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village recently won the Kansas City Business Journal’s Capstone Award.
This annual award, which is now in its 15th year, honors “those companies that have been involved in real estate development projects and transactions that enhance the Kansas City area.”
JCPRD opened Meadowbrook Park and Clubhouse in late June 2019, thereby providing the community with the first public green space within the ongoing Meadowbrook redevelopment project. This 80-acre community park was developed by JCPRD primarily on the northern portion of the site of former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club.
Offering a long list of active and passive recreational amenities, among them a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, a destination playground, a grand pavilion, and three outdoor shelters, eight pickleball courts, four-miles of walking paths, and a sledding hill, this park has quickly become the new pleasure ground for families across the metro area. The clubhouse includes multipurpose rooms of varying sizes, an event space that can seat up to 300, a catering kitchen, a lobby/prefunction space, administrative offices, and accessible restrooms available to the public. The clubhouse, which features great views of the park, was designed to maintain the topography and natural aesthetic of the former golf course.
Development of this project involved: public engagement, multi-agency coordination, creation of a senior fitness area, outdoor education aspects, and stormwater management. The 80-acre new park, its clubhouse, and other amenities also present a great opportunity to present JCPRD programs and events in an area of the county that has long been underserved.
JCPRD selected a team led by Landworks Studio to develop a master plan and Phase I construction documentation for this park. This redevelopment effort was aimed at transforming this under-utilized acreage into a mixed-use community with public park space acting as an anchor for private development. The design team took advantage of the existing topography, open vistas, and mature trees from the former fairways to create a one-of-a-kind park. Phase 1 of the project which was completed in summer of 2019 included the majority of the master plan’s design intent.
Throughout the design process, Landworks Studio facilitated multiple work sessions and open house meetings where stakeholders and neighboring residents participated and provided input. This approach was designed to ensure the project’s immediate and long-term success as the park matures timelessly.