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Wilder Bluff Park
City of Shawnee
Confluence was engaged by the City of Shawnee to work to envision a unique and captivating concept for their new 40-acre park in the western portion of the city.
The Confluence team worked with city staff to develop a public outreach plan to engage the surrounding residents and school-aged children in the envisioning of how the park could be developed. Using a series of public input sessions as well as a “Plan the Park” workshop with the neighboring elementary school, our team was able to develop a palette of thoughts and ideas to work from to inform the design. The Master Plan includes and winding park entry drive which passes through the “Bluffs” by the park “green” into the heart of the park. Within this is a water play area where children can engage with two water streams and numerous boulders that send water into the air in a number of forms for the children to frolic in. Adjacent to the water play is a treetop playground where the user can climb into the rope tunnels, pass over the pathway below and be in the canopy of the existing trees and then slide out of the structure in the existing wooded area. From the central gathering area pathways take the visitor around the “green” to the south or to the north through the existing tree canopy into the high “bluffs” where they are surrounded by native prairie where you are rewarded with a view toward the Kansas River valley. A park shelter, complete with a wood-burning fireplace and restroom is provided for the visitor's use. A series of BMP’s capture the stormwater allowing it to naturally filter back into the water table. The park is currently under construction and is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2021.