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Kelley Meadows Neighborhood Park (formerly East Minnehaha)

Current Status
Design and construction of this park is on hold due to lack of funding. It is not known when work might resume.

Park Name Update
During development of the draft concept plan, neighbors were invited to suggest and vote on a new name for the park. "Kelley Meadows Neighborhood Park" received the most support. The name was chosen in memory of Herman and Odelsa Kelley, who lived on the north side of 69th Street for almost 60 years.

On October 18, 2011, the Board of Clark County Commissioners officially approved the park name change.

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Project Description
This 7.5-acre park is located at the west end NE 69th St. (8100-8300 block), just west of Par Lane next to the Green Meadows Golf Course. The park property currently features trees, a wetland and open lawn areas.

The approved concept plan, which was developed with input from park neighbors, includes:

  • Pedestrian entrances from NE 69th Street and NE 63rd Street
  • Small active play area next to the 69th Street entrance with traditional playground equipment, a walkway, a picnic table, benches, a trash can and a fence separating the play area from the adjacent wetland. This area also includes nature play elements that can be added in the future as part of a volunteer project or with grant funding.
  • Walking trail between the two park entrances, including a boardwalk across the existing wetland area and a small, future loop path next to 63rd Street
  • Limb up trees in the northeast forested area for better visibility, remove dead/dying trees and invasive plants
  • Additional benches along the trail
  • Future small tot/nature play area next to the 63rd Street entrance
  • Informal, unirrigated open lawn areas

Neighborhood parks are designed to be walk-to/bike-to parks for people who live within a half-mile. They are not meant to be major destination parks, attracting visitors from all over the county. As a result, they do not include things like parking lots or restrooms, which are only included in larger community or regional parks that draw people from far away.

Public Participation
Major decisions about what the park will look like and what features it will include was made during planning and design. Project staff used public input to help guide this process. Your input:

  • Helped us understand and respond to the needs and concerns of your neighborhood.
  • Helped us understand which park features were most important to you and your neighbors.
  • Helped us learn about the potential for community fundraising to add features to the park.

The first newsletter and comment form were mailed to neighbors living within walking distance of the park in January 2011.

Staff used the input received to develop a draft concept plan showing what the park might look like. This plan was presented to neighbors at a public meeting in March 2011.

The plan was then revised based on neighbors' input and mailed to neighbors and posted on this Web page for additional review and input in April 2011. The concept plan was officially approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission at a public meeting in June 2011. Neighbors may be invited to provide input on the playground equipment for the park when funding to continue final design and construction of this park is available.

April 2011 updated draft concept plan newsletter (616 kb PDF)

March 2011 Public Meeting

January 2011 Comment Period

Project Schedule
Winter 2010/11- late spring 2011: Planning and preliminary design phase; public feedback obtained; preferred concept plan developed.
Late spring/summer 2011: Proposed concept plan presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission for approval; planning phase ended.

After the draft concept plan was approved, this project was put on hold. Final design, permitting and construction will not proceed until additional funding is available. More information.

Project Funding
Design and construction of Kelley Meadows Neighborhood Park may be funded by a combination of:

  • park impact fees, which are collected whenever a new residential property is developed,
  • the real estate excise tax, which is collected whenever homes are sold in Clark County and
  • Greater Clark Parks District property taxes.

After construction, maintenance of the park will also be funded by the Greater Clark Parks District, which is a special district approved and funded by voters in the unincorporated urban area of Clark County in 2005.

Contact Information:
Scot Brantley, Project Manager
Phone: 360-397-6118 x. 4364