New park a home run

rpulley@lsjournal.comNovember 15, 2013 

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    Dedication Nov. 17

    The Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation Board will hold a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the park.

    Sizzler, the Kansas City T-Bones mascot will be there from 2-3 p.m. for the dedication. There will be extra parking on the north side of Chipman Road with police assisting visitors crossing the street.

    Scott Obremski, pastor of Summit Park Church, will give the invocation and benediction.

    There will be light refreshments.

Lea McKeighan Park South is a smash hit.

The parks department has gotten loads of messages praising the new playground and trail.

Here’s a taste of the park’s five-star reviews (provided by the department):

• “Just wanted to tell you I took my kiddos to Lea McKeighan park yesterday and it. was AWESOME. I had as much fun as they did, I think. There were a ton of people there. It really is such a great addition to the other parks in our community, and I loved that it had equipment for little kids as well as bigger kids too. Simon climbed up to the top of the lion’s head rock climbing wall and proclaimed himself King of the Desert (and gave me a mini heart attack in the process). Anyway – just wanted to pass on kudos to you and the Parks team!”

• “Just wanted to give a BIG “THANK YOU” to those involved in the renovation to the Lea McKeighan Park!!!!!!!!! I have two kids ages 6 & 10, who were starting to feel too big for parks. We visited it both Saturday and Sunday and will for sure be back. Also, I look forward to using the walking path sometime, it's great that I feel safe to walk this one alone as it doesn't feel so secluded like some of paths at other parks!!! It's updates like these that make Lee's Summit such a great place to call home. Thank you again!”

• “Thank you very much for Lea McKeighan park. I visited this past Saturday and Sunday and it was busy both days. Kids of all sizes and ages were using the new equipment and many adults were on the walking trail. This is a wonderful gift to the neighborhood. Many thanks to the City, Park Board and of course, the staff.”

Reconstruction of the park began in April and cost slightly more than $1.6 million.

A monument to the park’s history is built where home plate used to be for ball-diamond No. 2. The department will use technology to memorialize 30 years of baseball history and a legion of families using the park for youth leagues.

Placards with quick response codes will direct smart phones to a website, a technology used at Arlington National Cemetery and at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Using that method, the city can add more information without a clutter of information boards in park.

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