Project Spotlight: Meadowbrook Country Club Master PlanPosted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Cliff Speegle
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Affinis partnered with Landworks Studio (LWS) on a master plan for the former Meadowbrook Country Club in Prairie Village, Kansas. Half of the former golf course is being developed into a county park. LWS worked on the park’s design, while Affinis was responsible for verifying its feasibility in terms of logistics and budget. The remaining property is being developed by other entities into a combination of homes, apartments, a boutique hotel, and a senior living facility.
In July, the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department (JCPRD) was recognized with a Planning Initiative award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). Developing this area into a county park will help complete the system for JCPRD and fill a need for this area of the county. The completed design includes trails, playgrounds, a great lawn, sculpture park, and regional detention ponds for fishing, which are also designed to prevent homes in nearby Overland Park from flooding.
This project was unique, because the master plan had to be approved by multiple stakeholders. These included the City of Prairie Village, the owner, and Johnson County. The initial plans were presented at multiple public meetings, which were held to gather input from the community. These helped determine the key design components of the project. Two of which were the inclusion of trails and a destination playground. Many of these meetings were held outside, so residents could visualize the changes in the actual space.
Once the master plan was approved, design began quickly to meet the schedule for opening the park. Design is currently underway and slated for completion through the end of this year. Park construction is expected to kick off in 2017 and wrap up at the end of 2018.
Rendering of Meadowbrook by Landworks Studio