Some of Shawnee's City Commissioners attended round two of a consultant-led presentation on a plan to improve and showcase some of the city's parks.

Some of Shawnee's City Commissioners attended round two of a consultant-led presentation on a plan to improve and showcase some of the city's parks.

Mayor Richard Finley and City Commissioners Dub Bushong, Ron Gillham Sr. and Ben Salter — along with several other city leaders — listened as Connie Scothorn and Brian Patric, of CLS & Associates, LLC, Landscape Architects, walked about 40 residents through the revised mock-ups of some of the city's most-used parks: KidSpace Park, Briscoe Boy Scout Rotary Park, Celebration of Life Park and Woodland Veterans Memorial Park. Two other parks were explored for improvements as well — Optimist Park and Dean Weigant Park.

Preliminary design ideas for the handful of area parks were first shared in the spring, and have since received some adjustments — influenced by community input in May.

On Thursday, attendees again offered feedback on some of the plans, including concerns with handicap accessibility, questions about parking spaces and adequate street traffic, as well as suggestions for adding specific elements and amenities to the parks.

Just as he did in May, City Manager Justin Erickson reminded residents that the designs displayed are not actual specs or plans to put into action at this time — they are merely a starting point to gauge the direction of improvements the community may want to pursue. With the intent to incorporate feedback from residents and do some more fine-tuning, plans were not heavily detailed, nor are they set in stone.

Some semblance of the parks plans — after approval, more in-depth design work and funding, could potentially become a reality in the next five or 10 years, he said.

Included among the designs was a model of what some city leaders — like Finley — would like the future of Woodland Park to someday become — a centralized park that could ultimately reach east to the railroad tracks and then a bit south to include the Pottawatomie County Museum at the old depot station.

Erickson said it's a pipe dream that would have to be supported by residents to become reality.

Erickson said the city is not acquiring land around Woodland Park — right now the idea is just a 'what-if.'

Watch for updates as the item goes before City Commissioners for approval — likely some time before the end of the year.