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Archive for Sunday, February 22, 1998

POLARIS IN THE PARK

February 22, 1998

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The Polaris missile has been in Centennial Park since 1964, when it was donated to the city by the Lawrence Navy League. A fighter jet also was located in the park for many years, but was removed after falling into disrepair.

If the missile is to be removed from the park -- as several commissioners suggested during their most recent meeting -- its eventual landing pad has yet to be determined.

Fred DeVictor, the city's director of Parks and Recreation, has had preliminary discussions with officials at the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field in Topeka. Jerry Holly, the museum's director, has indicated a willingness to obtain the missile for display, DeVictor said.

City Manager Mike Wildgen said that commissioners wanted to hear from the public before making a decision about the missile.

If the removal were approved and no suitable alternate home was found, the missile likely would be put up for sale at auction, Wildgen said.

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