Lee’s Summit School District plans to buy Paradise park, A long-standing amusement park and a center of family fun, and transform it into an early education facility.
This week’s school board unanimously passed an intention to buy 15 acres of real estate on 1021 NE Colbern Road for $ 6 million. The sale is scheduled to end in August.
In 1991, John and Julieris co-founded a park with go-karts, mini-golf, laser tags, batting cages and more. It was closed and never reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of people have expressed sadness about the sale of a park that has many memories of the past few decades.
However, John Ellis said selling the property to the school district fits the family’s long-standing mission.
“Discovery, learning and innovation have always been an integral part of the spirit of Paradise Park,” he said in a news release. “In considering the next steps, it was important to find a buyer with a vision that would enable Paradise Park to continue to function as a prosperous community space for our youth.”
The school district turns it into a new early education center for the Pre-Kindergarten program. This is a priority when approved by voters. $ 224 Million Bond Issuance June last year.
The park has an outdoor children’s garden, playground, classrooms, administration office and other spaces.
Officials said many of the outdoor attractions would remain after the sale, but it was unclear which one. Many of the indoor entertainment equipment and attractions are reused elsewhere by the Ellis family.
The Great Beginnings Early Education Center program has reached capacity for many years, so district officials said they needed a second space for early education. The district operates satellite classrooms from elementary schools with extra space.
“Paradise Park offers the latest multi-faceted campus types needed to keep promises to taxpayers. A second early to support the expansion of current satellite classrooms and early education programs. We will open an education center, “director David Buck said in a release.
However, the park could also provide the district with indoor and outdoor space for other programs, such as work programs for junior high school students and community events, Buck said.
The property was valued at $ 8.9 million in May, according to district documents. Buy with bonds.
Officials said the district initially planned to set up an early education center in the north wing of Prairie View Elementary School and renovate some of the district’s largest primary schools by 2022-23.
“But due to the benefits of deploying expansion programs in facilities that include existing infrastructure and room for growth to support the needs of early learners, the district will place a second early education center in Paradise Park. Needed to be evaluated, “said officials. release.
District officials are instead planning to find part of the online academy program at Prairie View Elementary School next year.