An article from the Shawnee Mission Post:
As design plans continue to develop for R Park, the Roeland Park city council this month heard updates on the $1 million phase one improvements during. City council approved a $1.7 million three-phased plan for the park in March, preceded by the approval of engineering and design work in February.
Phase one includes a shelter, two family restrooms with accessible parking and asphalt removal for additional green space. The following five alternative design options for the shelter were discussed:
· Option one includes a fireplace
· Option two includes a pergola with stone seating
· Option three includes a grill and stone island
· Option four includes a protruding southeast wing
· Option five includes a performance stage
Councilmembers posed concerns about option one, such as whether or not a fireplace will be used and what visitors might burn. Councilmember Claudia McCormack asked if the fireplace was crucial to the design of the shelter, and the design team said it was not designed as a structural component.
Additionally, the shelter has been scaled back from its original intent to hold 40 to 60 people. The design team did not say how many people the current design could hold, but that the shelter has been designed to hold seven tables or six larger tables. The shelter would be situated to provide the maximum amount of shade.
Materials for the shelter include metal roofing, wood decking, wood timber trusses and joints, decorative structural metal panels, and steel beams and columns. Limestone will be used for the structure’s stonework and will follow a beige and brown palette. The restroom siding will be made of “Fiberon or an approved equal,” which the Parks Committee selected and requires low maintenance.
The exterior doors on the two family restrooms would not automatically lock due to concerns of people using the restrooms as a “holding place if they abduct somebody,” City Administrator Keith Moody said. Rather, the restrooms would have a lockable stall. Moody said the city will be able to secure the restrooms at night with a key. Between the restrooms would be access to a utility space for maintenance as well as storage space on the backside.
“We wanted to bring you up to speed as we move into the next phase,” Moody said. “We’re going to be spending more time developing the details…so we’d rather make the changes at this point rather than down the road when we get ready to put this out for bid.”
Construction for phase one improvements for R Park, located at 5535 Juniper Drive, will cost $887,496 and is slated for 2020.