Santa Fe Commons has been redesigned and renamed. Thompson Park, as it is now called was an emotional ordeal for longtime OP residents who didn’t want to see the city staple change it’s look but the new park is looking pretty good.
The city did manage to keep some of the history of the area in the park. Overland Park founder William Strang placed his carriage house on the property in the early 1900s to house his carriages and cars, and serve as a residence for his driver. The house is still in the park.
The new design features some nice amenities. They have installed both a playground and a water play feature along with open air work spaces with wi-fi. They have also built several performance areas and two open-air shelters. The courtyard behind Strang Hall has also come a long way and is looking like a great place to hang out once we’re able.
There is no telling when the fences will come down and the public can enjoy this nice open space but when that time comes I’m sure it will be a great spot to visit.