Summit Park Shelter to Be Demolished, Making Way for Improvements to Park

At the March 22, 2017 Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation (LSPR) Board Meeting, the Board voted unanimously to approve the demolition of the shelter at Summit Park. 

from Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation

Consulting with the structural engineering department of Hollis and Miller Architects, the staff and board of LSPR have determined that the best and most cost-effective course of action would be to level the existing shelter which will in turn make room for several improvements. Due to the complexity of the structural disrepair of the shelter which was originally constructed in the 1950s as well as the aging infrastructure of the park as a whole, staff and board determined that a new shelter be relocated inside the park as part of a park renovation master plan of the 6.5-acre site.  
Superintendent of Park Planning & Construction Steve Casey says this is an opportune time to relocate a shelter at Summit Park to a more strategic spot and incorporate better and more modern amenities to meet the needs of LSPR patrons. 

Among the proposed improvements are installation of pickleball courts, batting cages, new infields with backstops for additional practice space, replacement of existing playground equipment with a new adventure playground area, relocation of restrooms, resurfacing of tennis courts, replacement of fencing around tennis courts, relocation of park entrance, additional parking (from 65 to around 120 spaces), as well as the construction of a new, 2,600 square foot shelter that will accommodate large functions. 

In 1976 Jackson County Parks and Recreation donated the site to the City of Lee's Summit. It is located on Blue Parkway and has one picnic shelter with tables, one baseball diamond, three lighted tennis courts, one multi-purpose field, playground, restroom, and 4 lighted horseshoe courts.