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Land bought for regional park project

The Platte County Commission has completed the purchase of 60 acres of property near the intersection of N. Platte Purchase and N.W. 100th Street.

The land is adjacent to 80 acres of park land already owned by the county.

The purchase price for the 60 acres was $270,000 and was funded by the county’s half-cent sales tax dedicated to parks. The county commission approved the purchase of the land in their April 4 session and completed the real estate closing on Thursday, May 15.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Brian Nowotny, the county plans to use the property to develop a multi-use regional park. In fact, the county will partner with the City of Kansas City to develop a master plan.

It is anticipated that the site could have numerous family-oriented
amenities, including walking paths, playgrounds and ballfields. Part of the site is currently occupied by ball fields used by the Clay/Platte Baseball Association. These fields will be incorporated into the overall plan for the site.

2nd District Commissioner Steve Wegner said there is great potential for a park on the site.

“First of all, this site is in a good location as far as future growth is concerned,” said Wegner. “But it also fits what we would like to do in our overall parks and recreation master plan.”

The county will begin developing the master plan for this site immediately.

It is anticipated that actual construction would start at the beginning of 2003. In the meantime, the county will begin interviewing consultants to assist with the architectural and engineering phase of the project. The county also plans to schedule a public meeting later this summer to gather citizen input on preliminary plans.

The Platte Purchase Park project is just one of several land acquisitions undertaken by the county this year. Several months ago, the county purchased land near Riverside that will eventually be used as a wildlife preserve. The parks and recreation department is also working on several other projects, including the development of multi-purpose trails in several key locations.