Santa Fe Commons (Thompson) Park

Park Overview

Santa Fe Commons Park is a 4.8-acre community park providing a space for gathering and relaxing in the heart of Downtown Overland Park.


8045 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, Kansas 66204




5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Park Improvement Project

As part of the regular maintenance and improvement of city facilities, features and amenities at Santa Fe Commons Park Overland Park will be updated in 2019 and 2020.

Upon completion, Santa Fe Commons Park will be renamed Thompson Park in honor of Downtown Overland Park business owners and philanthropists Frank and Evangeline Thompson.

Project Status

The project is currently in the construction phase.

Construction fences have been placed around the park as demolition begins. For your safety, please avoid the park.

This page will be updated as the project progresses.

New Amenities

The Planning Commission approved a final development plan for the park that includes:

  • Two open-air shelters,
  • New restrooms,
  • A performance stage, (pictured right)
  • A water feature,
  • Seating areas,
  • Outdoor working space with wi-fi,
  • A play area, including a crawl tunnel, climbing structure, spinner, swings, and water play.

Project Schedule

The following is a list of park improvement project milestones and anticipated timelines for the planning, design, and construction of the project. These dates will be adjusted as the project progresses.

Public Input Meeting

Open house and input gathering

June 14, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Matt Ross Community Center

Public Input Meeting

Final concepts review and feedback gathering 

Open house and input gathering
August 16, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Matt Ross Community Center

Community Development Committee

Committee reviewed recommendations and feedback, recommended City Council Committee of the Whole proceed with Park Stroll design.

September 5, 2018 at 7 p.m.
City Hall

Committee of the Whole

Committee received recommendations and make concept recommendation to City Council.

October 1, 2018 at 6:45 p.m.
City Hall

City Council

City Council approved recommended concept and contract for design work.

October 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
City Hall

Planning Commission

Commission considers preliminary plan and final development plan for park construction.

February 11, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
City Hall

Construction Bidding + Negotiation

Bid closed March 26, 2019 at 2 p.m.

City Hall

Groundbreaking + Construction

Park improvements begin and park closes to the public.

April 2019
Santa Fe Commons Park

Park Reopens

Celebration and renaming event

Late 2019/Early 2020
Thompson Park

Park Amenities


Bike parking

Drinking fountain


Historical feature

Overland Park founder William Strang built his carriage house on the property that is now Santa Fe Commons Park in the early 1900s to house his carriages and cars, and serve as a residence for his driver. The building still stands at the park.

Loop trail




Performance venue

Public art


Small shelter

Reservable shelter

Learn more about making a shelter reservation, or call 913-895-6390 to reserve a park shelter.