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Posted on: June 1, 2020

Veterans Park to open July 4

Veterans Park walkway

Get ready to spend your Independence Day morning with us at our newest amenity, Veterans Park! 

At 10:30 a.m. July 4, we will host a grand opening for the lakeside park, 20201 Veterans Lane, near 199th Street and Veterans Lane about a mile west of U.S. 169. 

Come explore the park after a ribbon cutting and words from Mayor Steven Ellis. We’ll have cookies and new design elements for public viewing. Take a slide down at the playground. Cast a line from the shoreline of Spring Hill City Lake. Bring a kayak down our new canoe launch. Have your pup tag along for a romp at Melvin Murry Dog Park. 

Members of the public are invited to join the celebration! Social distancing measures will still be in effect if ordered by State of Kansas or Johnson County. The park will remain open until 10 p.m. July 4. Remember: Fireworks are not allowed in public parks! Save those for your at home celebration! Regular park hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Veterans Park was approved by Spring Hill residents as a special sales tax initiative in 2008. That special sales tax funded the construction at the Spring Hill Aquatic Center, the construction and design of Veterans Park as well as Phase II of Veterans Park, which is currently in the design stage. Phase II will include a veterans memorial plus more. 

In early 2020, the City received a large donation from the Knaebel family for the veterans memorial. The City is working with several families, the American Legion and Vireo, the design firm, to bring these ideas to fruition. 

As we introduce our newest park, we thought we’d brush up on our park rules at Veterans Park, Melvin Murry Dog Park and our six other City parks, all of which are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 

City-owned Parks Rules

  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No glass containers
  • No hunting, trapping, killing, pursuing, or molesting of any animal, bird, or waterfowl
  • No use of firearms
  • No burning or open fires
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No damage, modification, removal, or addition of park amenities, trees, turf, or any public property
  • No dumping

Melvin Murry Dog Park Rules 

  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations 
  • Owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dog(s) at all times
  • Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the dog park
  • Dog waste must be cleaned up immediately
  • Owners must be in the dog park and supervising their dog(s) with leash readily available
  • Handlers must be at least 16 years of age
  • Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times
  • Aggressive dogs must be removed immediately
  • Prohibited items include dog/human food or treats, glass containers, dogs in heat, aggressive dogs, sick dogs and puppies (four months and under)

Spring Hill City Lake Rules 

  • All persons fishing in a City lake must have a state fishing license if required to do so State fishing laws apply at City lakes
  • Boats must be no longer than 16 feet
  • No power-driven boats or vessels except for those powered by an electric trolling motor
  • Minimum wake with 5 mph speed limit
  • No wading, bathing, or swimming
  • Recognized float tubes are permitted. Hip boots or chest waders can only be worn with a float tube.
  • No seining, netting, or trapping minnows
  • No dumping or disposing of any kind of live bait, garbage, or refuse
  • No use of trotlines, bank lines, or jugs
  • No more than two fishing lines per state license
  • No removing of grass carp
  • The minimum slot length for channel catfish and largemouth bass is 15 inches. The creel limit is two for channel catfish and five for largemouth bass. Crappie has no minimum slot length and a creel limit of 50.

Any violation of City ordinance can result in fines, imprisonment or both. If you have questions about these rules, please call us at (913) 592-3664

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