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 are scheduled to be updated in 2019.

The city hired RDG Planning & Design in May 2018 for design services including renovation and redevelopment of the park.

The project is currently in the design phase.

Park Name

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. The Strang Carriage House name will not change.

Conceptual Plan

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.

This plan is preliminary, but includes:

  • A performance venue,
  • An inclusive play area and swing,
  • Meeting areas with wireless internet access,
  • A nature play area,
  • A shelter and shelter garden,
  • A large shelter,
  • Restrooms.

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.

Project Schedule

The city and RDG Planning & Design have developed transparent project schedules to show progress and anticipated timelines of both the master planning and design and construction of the project.

 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 to consider preliminary plan for park construction.

December 2018

City Hall, or watch live online

Construction Bidding and Negotiation - December 2018-February 2019 City Hall
Groundbreaking and Construction Park improvements begin.

Spring 2019

Santa Fe Commons Park

Park reopens Celebration and renaming

Late 2019

Santa Fe Commons Park

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