Hawk Ridge Park Master Plan

Hawk Ridge Park Master Plan

In 2008, the City of Raymore purchased 79 acres of land, including a 12-acre lake, for a new community park. The Clark Enersen Partners led a master planning process that involved extensive community engagement. Nearly 1,500 people registered on a project website and more than 250 people were actively engaged in providing input.

The plan identifies a network of trails throughout the park that connect to a city-wide trail network. In the park, the trails connect planned amenities such as a lookout tower, spiraling pavilion, playground, dog park, outdoor classroom, fishing piers, picnic shelters, entry and core public area. The trails provide views and opportunities to experience a variety of natural systems. Trail types include wide and narrow paved trails, rock trails, and mowed paths through the prairie. Two pedestrian bridges will help limit site disturbance over sensitive drainage areas.

Consideration of drainage was key. In addition to planning park amenities, one of the main goals of this project was preserving the condition of the lake. As surrounding residential areas are developed, protecting the park’s drainageways will be important to slow and filter runoff entering the lake and manage stormwater in the area. We also devised ways to prevent further erosion of the lake banks. The new trail along the west side of the lake will use large retaining block walls to serve as a barrier between the walking path and the water. This will aid in preventing future erosion, and allow people to get close to the water while providing safe separation.