City of Shawnee

Community Center Feasibility Study

You’ve probably heard rumblings of the possibility of a new Community Center in western Shawnee. Now is YOUR time to let US know what you think about it.


  • Two public meetings will be held in January. We hope you are able to attend one!
    • January 15, 2019: Shawnee Mision Northwest High School from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • January 16, 2019: Monticello Trails Middle School from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 
  • The Governing Body received an update on the potential Community Center process on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. You can view that presentation here.
  • In October, the Governing Body approved funding for some preliminary steps including architectural services, owner's representative services agreement and the construction manager's pre-construction costs.
  • Our Parks & Rec Department provided an update to Council at the City Council Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 3. You can view it here.
  • The consultant team presented the results of the potential Community Center study on Tuesday, August 7. If you were not able to attend and would like to view the presentation, just look directly below these updates. You can also listen to the audio from the Council Committee meeting on Tuesday, August 7.

Community Center




Where would the Community Center be located?
The site designated for the new Community Center would be in western Shawnee. The City purchased 26 acres of land in 2005 just west of W. 61st Street and Woodland Drive, with the idea of placing a Community Center in that area in the future. At the time, City staff looked at 13 different sites and determined this area just north of the Clear Creek Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail and just west of the train tracks to be the best area. It features wide, open green spaces, direct access to the Clear Creek trail and even a small pond on the property.

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Don't we already have a Community Center?
We have a Civic Centre, but not a Community Center. The Civic Centre is designed to be more of a rental facility for meetings, group gatherings, events and weddings. We have been doing our best to squeeze recreation programming into the Civic Centre, but this is difficult to do because we are always working around rentals.
What would happen to the Civic Centre?
The Civic Centre will remain open. There are no plans to close it and, in fact, it is undergoing several new updates this year. The City also has purchased land nearby to possibly expand in the future.
How would the new Community Center be paid for?
We are just in the beginning phases of the Community Center Feasibility Study. As we work to get community feedback to determine what our residents would want in this facility, the firm we are working with will then put a price tag to it. We are also exploring a wide variety of partnerships with different stakeholders in the area that could have an impact on the overall cost. We understand that cost is obviously a big factor in this process and we will update that as we get a better feel for what amenities, features and programs YOU want the Community Center to have. 
What is this "3rd Place" phrase we're hearing?
You may have heard or seen the phrases "3rd Place" or "One Roof Concept" in reference to the Community Center. Here is an explanation for what those mean.

The sense of welcome in public buildings should offer a warm, inviting and comfortable environment. Sociologists have termed this quality the "3rd Place" -- the place which is neither home nor work, but represents an irreplaceable place for social connection. Such places create an opportunity for people with many different viewpoints and backgrounds to come together. The interactions which occur in these places is at the heart of creating community.