Dogs and dog lovers of northeast Johnson County, rejoice. Leawood is planning to add a dog park between I-435 and College Boulevard just to the west of State Line Road.
The more than eight-acre space adjoins Leawood City Park. The plans call for about five acres to be enclosed by a wooden fence for an off-leash dog park with one acre fenced off as a small dog area within the larger park. Plans also call for a six-foot wide walking trail of crushed limestone with canopied benches and pet waste stations along the way.
The city also plans to create a concrete path from the existing Indian Creek trail to the entrance of the dog park. Parking for the dog area will be within City Park west of Indian Creek off 109th Street by the soccer fields.
The property is largely in the flood plain and has remained vacant since it was rezoned from agricultural to planned office district in 1986. The Hallbrook Office Center donated 8.59 acres in 2013 to expand the city’s parks.
The rezoning needed for the park is on the planning commission agenda Tuesday in Leawood with the city as the applicant.
While a number of dog parks can be found on the Kansas and Missouri side of the metro, not many are close to northeast Johnson County. Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee and Thomas Stoll Park in Overland Park as well as Penn Valley Park near Liberty Memorial appear to be the closest options currently.