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Archive for Sunday, June 6, 1993

STUDY OF PARK NEEDS TO KICK OFF TUESDAY

June 6, 1993

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A new swimming pool?

More bike trails?

An expanded youth baseball league?

All three projects are possibilities for the city's parks and recreation department during the next 10 years, once consultants complete the department's first-ever comprehensive plan early next year.

The project publicly gets under way Tuesday with a briefing at city hall, followed Thursday by the first of four public meetings to give residents a shot at setting the department's long-term priorities.

Anything is possible, said Fred DeVictor, the city's director of parks and recreation.

"We're going directly to the people to find out what they think is important," he said.

The first public meeting begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Lawrence High School, to set the overall process for developing the plan.

Lawrence city commissioners agreed in April to spend $19,380 for the comprehensive parks and recreation plan, to be overseen by Paulette and Associates, of Prairie Village, and Craig Patterson and Associates, of Lawrence.

Besides the public meetings, the study will contain two other avenues for public input: a random survey of 1,000 Lawrence households and a separate youth survey.

Input from the meetings and surveys ultimately will be combined with the consultants' evaluations of the city's existing facilities, DeVictor said.

"In the end, we should have an excellent sense of what our consumers want out of the parks and recreation system in Lawrence," he said.

Foster Patterson, president of Paulette and Associates, said the detailed plan should lead to increased federal, state and private financing for parks and recreation projects.

Similar plans have led to funding increases for other communities within the first year after adoption, Patterson said.

Here's the schedule of meetings after this week, with all beginning at 7 p.m.:

-- Thursday, June 17, auditorium, Central Junior High School.

-- Tuesday, June 22, auditorium, West Junior High School.

-- Wednesday, July 7, gymnasium, Schwegler Elementary School.

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