Ladies and Gentlemen, the news is finally official. The next Park Hill School District Elementary School and LEAD campus will be within potato gun range of my house. The BOE approved the contract last night on a $3M purchase of 272 acres north of NW 68th and Waukomis. The site will be on the Line Creek Trail so if designed right, could be the first school completely accessible safely by bicycle.
Now these facilities need new names and I hope that we have some names to choose from reflect the history of the Line Creek Valley. I've got a few I would suggest:
- Miltonwood after the original town of Miltonwood.
- Drennon Valley after old Drennon Lake.
- Barrymore Station after the old KC St. Joseph Interurban stop on the site.
There will be quite a few hurdles on this site. I will more than happy to assist the school district if requested to help get a site laid out that works with the existing topography and preserves what we can of this untouched site.
I just hope the School Board issues a competitive RFP for design professional services on the site to get competition in the architecture/engineering community because this site could be a huge legacy project if done right rather than just using who they always do.
The site is a perfect natural playground. It's rocky and full of plenty of old growth trees.
If not, expect to see the all of this beauty below mulched and graded into a flat prison like looking school campus with tons of impervious surface and huge detriment to Line Creek water quality.