Overland Park unveils $4 million renovation for Strang Park

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. (KCTV) – City of Overland Park is celebrating the completion of a $4 million Strang park upgrade that transformed the 11-acre site.

Major renovations include Overland Park’s first children’s playground. Designed with accessibility in mind, the playground includes features such as smooth surfaces and wheelchair-accessible decks and communication boards with common words and symbols on them to assist visitors with may not be able to speak.

“We want to be at the forefront of our community,” said Mike Burton, manager of Overland Park. “We want to be the leader in the playground industry and the leader in the park.”

The neighborhood park is themed around the historic Strang Line Railway. Signage throughout the park will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with quotes from his “I Have a Dream” speech.

The city also added new basketball, basketball and tennis courts, restrooms, an 8-foot-wide trail and a shaded plaza.

“This is a monumental project for us,” says Burton. “This is our first time doing it. This kind of thing sets the standard for Overland Park, you know? This is what we wanted to create, and this is what Overland Park is all about. “

Community members are invited to officially reopen Friday from 2 to 4 pm. The park has been closed since last fall.


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