John Garland Park
Reuse Concept Plan
The community stakeholders envision John Garland Park as an active park and sustainability showcase that provides opportunities to improve health and wellness, support green jobs for local residents, and produce healthy food for the neighborhood.
On March 20, 2011, EPA Region 7, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and Oak Grove Neighborhood Association hosted a community workshop to plan for the reuse of the John Garland Park Site. Participants included neighborhood residents, community leaders, local experts, representatives from City Council, and City Parks and Recreation and Planning.
During the workshop, participants gave input regarding future uses and priorities for the site. This reuse concept plan summarizes the outcome of this workshop, in which participants shared their experience, local knowledge and ideas to identify a concept plan and strategy for positioning Garland Park as a hub of revitalization for the neighborhood.
Owned by the Kansas City/Wyandotte County Unified Government (Unified Government), the John Garland Park Site operated as a landfill facility from 1972 until 1974. After the landfill’s closure, a public park was established on the southern portion of the Site. The park was part of the original plan for the landfill as a demonstration of surface reuse at sanitary landfills and was intended to serve as a neighborhood amenity. Due to community concerns about environmental health and safety, the Unified Government closed the park in the 1990's.
With oversight from EPA and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Unified Government upgraded the landfill cap in 1993 and completed an upgrade to the landfill gas collection system in 2011. Along with these remedy improvements, EPA has evaluated site conditions to ensure the site is safe to return to recreational use.