Money shortage cuts amenities from Parkville park

PARKVILLE, MO - Platte County residents are voicing their concerns about a project to expand a large recreational park in Parkville, after hearing the project will need to be scaled back.

Platte County commissioners met on Monday to approve a request for bids and approval of permits for the first phase of Platte Landing Park, which would be an extension of English Landing Park west in Parkville.

The original plan called for an extended hiking and biking trail, baseball fields and an amphitheater.

However, time and money are now cutting the project short, according to Parkville Mayor Jim Brooks.

Platte county residents and visitors have paid a half-cent sales tax toward the new park for the last five years.

Yet with skyrocketing costs to build and design the project, a lot of amenities promised to voters won't happen -- at least in phase one.

"Some of the original ideas put out there as being feasible and possible were going to cost too much, and now they aren't possible during phase one," Brooks said. "No reason why they can't be done later, but later could be 10 years from now."

The plaza, boardwalk, amphitheatre and soccer fields have all been eliminated.

But Brooks says the benefits of having such a large recreation area are unmatched, despite scaled back plans.

"We already have a magnificent park with English Landing Park," he said. "It's 68 acres and this would add an additional 141 with Platte Landing Park. This is going to make this just a destination all in itself."

Some components are still left in the phase one design, including one baseball field, a dog park, a short walking trail and a boat ramp.

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