Improvements at Watts Mill overlooking Indian Creek.
Watts Mill Gets a Facelift
By Leslie Alford, KC Parks
If you plan to visit Watts Mill anytime soon, you will notice some beautiful changes to the area.
KC Parks, using PIAC (Pubic Improvement Advisory Committee) funds helped bring ADA accessibility and enhanced amenities to the historic area at 103rd St., east of State Line Road.
The $266,505 project was designed by KC Parks staff, with input from residents and stakeholders. Richard Allen, Senior KC Parks Planner says, “the Watts Mill Area is a great area to take in the beauty and power of the water along Indian Creek and reflect on the history of the area.” The history of Watts Mill will be told on a new metal interpretive sign (to be installed in the spring), that will be placed by the original millstones that were used to grind corn and wheat, more than a century ago.
Some of the other improvements include: The existing asphalt trail was replaced by ADA compliant 10-foot-wide concrete trail along the Indian Creek. A new 5-foot-wide concrete walk was added to connect the trail to Watts Mill historic site. The 2-rail wooden fence was replaced with limestone fence posts with cable railing and pedestrian lighting was added along the trail for safety. The existing stone stairs were repaired, and a handrail was added. New limestone picnic tables were added as well as limestone seating along the creek. A terraced rain garden will provide the backdrop for the plaza and will be planted in the Spring. For more information on the project, please go to www.KCParks.org/WattsMill-Improvements