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Archive for Friday, May 8, 1998

BOARD SEEKS INPUT ON PARK POLICY

May 8, 1998

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A policy that would guide decisions about future parks and their development once again will be open for public input.

The city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is scheduled to review the proposed policy during its regular business meeting at noon Tuesday at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass.

A meeting April 30 drew 15 to 20 participants, and officials are hoping for even more advice this time around.

The proposed policy would limit construction of new neighborhood recreation centers to areas where neighborhoods do not yet exist.

The policy was proposed last month by John Nalbandian, a Lawrence city commissioner frustrated by efforts to build new centers in existing neighborhoods. Proposals for Centennial Park and property currently owned by Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1100 Kasold, already have faced intense opposition from neighbors.

In response to the policy proposal, Fred DeVictor and members of his city parks and recreation staff have compiled some suggestions for discussion:

  • Continue fostering cooperation between the city and Lawrence school district, including joint acquisition of school and park sites in various neighborhoods; share uses of school facilities; and consider joint development of indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Continue concepts for neighborhood and community parks.
  • Improve planning relations with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.

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