Santa Fe Commons (Thompson) Park Improvement Project

Project Overview

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

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

Development plans are approved and the project is currently in the early 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.

Project Designs

After gathering input from the public, including neighbors and business owners near Downtown Overland Park, the City Council approved a conceptual design for the park known as the "Park Stroll" plan.

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.

The park will also feature benches and seating throughout, new lighting, and new sidewalks. The existing parking lot will be removed and additional on-street angled parking spaces will be added, increasing parking for the park and Downtown Overland Park.

The Strang Carriage House and carriage plaza are preserved in the plan.

This plan does not include space for the Overland Park Farmers' Market at the park, which was considered throughout the planning process but removed based on public feedback.

Project Schedule

The table below shows progress and anticipated timelines for the planning, design, and construction of the project. These dates will be adjusted as the project progresses.

 Meeting/Event Details Date and Time Location
Public Input Meeting Open house and input gathering June 14, 2018, 6-8 p.m. Matt Ross Community Center
Public Input Meeting Preliminary concepts review and feedback gathering July 16, 2018, 6-8 p.m. Matt Ross Community Center  
Public Input Meeting Final concepts review and feedback 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, 7 p.m.

City Hall, or watch live online

Committee of the Whole Committee received recommendations and make concept recommendation to City Council.

October 1, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

City Hall, or watch live online

City Council City Council approved recommended concept and contract for design work.

October 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


City Hall, or watch live online

Planning Commission Commission considers preliminary plan for park construction.

December 2018

City Hall, or watch live online

Commission considers final development plan for park construction.

February 2019

City Hall, or watch live online

Construction Bidding and Negotiation Closes March 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. Spring 2019 City Hall
Groundbreaking, Construction Park improvements begin and park closes to the public.

Spring/summer 2019

Santa Fe Commons (Thompson) Park

Park reopens Celebration and renaming.

Late 2019

Santa Fe Commons (Thompson) Park

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2019 Fall Festival Impact

The 2019 Fall Festival will go on as scheduled in Downtown Overland Park.

The craft fair will take place near the Overland Park Farmers' Market pavilion this year. Food trucks will be set up on city streets nearby.

Many Fall Festival events, including performances, the Farmers' Market, and the parade, take place outside of the park.


The park improvement project is included in the 2020-2024 Capital Improvements Program and is expected to cost approximately $3.75 million.