Decarksy Park broke ground in May 2019
Through a generous donation of 63 acres of land by Vicki Decarsky, Decarksy Park broke ground in May 2019 with anticipated excitement for all the amenities it would soon have to offer Derby, Kansas.
The Decarsky Park Sports Complex design includes eight ball fields, concessions, restrooms, the first dog park in Derby, and stormwater management constructed on the park in Derby, Kansas.
Parking, concession, and restroom areas also include shade trees and a walking path. The project features field orientations that maximize sun orientation, a central parking area, and open spaces for setting up tents during tournaments.
In 2013, Derby voters passed the Derby Difference Sales Tax to fund $7.1 million for the 30-acre renovations in Phase 1. The budget included the construction of four ballfields, a dog park, streets, two new public streets, Line Drive and Rover Lane, signalized intersection, gateway sign, two parking lots, entry plaza, concession stand with restrooms, shade structures, picnic shelter, two batting cages, maintenance shop, stormwater retention pond, water service, and a sanitary sewer.
In addition to the sales tax voted in by residents, additional donations were made to create the multi-use dog and ballpark.
Once funds were raised, the design began in 2017, led by Nick Staib, RLA of Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC). Multicon Construction of Wichita, Kansas was an integral part of the development process and delivered the park on budget in the Fall of 2020.
Discussions began between City Parks and Derby Recreation Commission (DRC) staff to develop an operating agreement to present to the City Council and DRC. Phase 2 was envisioned to encompass 33 acres to the west, but no timeline or funding source had yet been identified. Additionally, four more ballfields, concession stands, restrooms, a parking lot, and a pond were needed.
The first completed endeavor was the 3-acre dog park that included large and small dog yards, trees, a "penalty box", water bubblers, a washing station, shade structures, benches, limestone blocks, and a dock. The dog park features an agility course with six obstacles and artificial turf with AlphaSan antimicrobial technology, which deters the growth of microbes.