Future of 5701 Merriam Drive

In mid-2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will move into the new community center being constructed at Vavra Park. What happens to the existing property at 5701 Merriam Drive and the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC) is of great interest to our residents. 

The current location of the IBFCC is an important asset to our community, not just because of its history, but because of its key location in downtown Merriam. The City of Merriam plans to facilitate an open process with several public meetings to determine how to honor the location's past while aiming to make it an asset for future generations. 

On Nov. 26, 2018, City Council appointed nine resident volunteers to serve as members of a steering committee to guide the work. These residents have a wide array of professional backgrounds and are spread across the city geographically as well as generationally. Committee members will help identify potential uses of the current site of the IBFCC and make a recommendation to City Council to include a preferred funding method for any improvements.

Want to share your thoughts, ask questions, or make recommendations to the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee? Email us at 5701@merriam.org.  


Public Meetings

Monday, April 29  |  7 p.m.  |  IBFCC
Now’s your chance to help the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee determine new uses for the IBFCC and its surrounding areas. Help explore future opportunities for the site during this workshop. Activities include an opportunity to provide ideas for the future, participate in surveys, and learn about what other cities are doing.

Wednesday, June 26  |  7 p.m.  |  IBFCC
Committee members will share progress with residents.


Committee Members  

  • Stoney Bogan - Ward 2
  • Staci Chivetta - Ward 4
  • Larry Cisneros - Ward 1
  • Billy Crook - Ward 4
  • Nida Dillon - Ward 4
  • Jacob Laha - Ward 1
  • Fred Tebbenkamp - Ward 3
  • Carol Whitlock - Ward 2
  • Sean Zaudke - Ward 4
  • Mayor Ken Sissom - Ex-Officio Member (non-voting member)
  • Christine Evans Hands - City Council Liaison (non-voting member)
  • David Neal - City Council Liaison (non-voting member)
  • Chris Engel - City Staff Liaison
  • Anna Slocum - City Staff Liaison


December 17, 2018   
Agenda  |  Minutes

March 18, 2019   
Agenda  |  Presentation  |  Minutes

April 9, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.   
Agenda  |  Presentation  |  Minutes              

May 1, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.