Archive for Sunday, May 24, 1998


May 24, 1998


Bring on the X-Games.

Lawrence city commissioners will consider approving plans Tuesday night for a new skate park in Centennial Park, southeast of Sixth Street and Rockledge Road.

The project, estimated to cost up to $119,800, would transform Centennial's dilapidated tennis courts into a street course for skateboarders and inline skaters.

Among the features to be included in the skate park: a concrete plaza, pyramid, quarter pipe, bank ramp and ``fun box,'' plus split quarter pipes and a steel grind rail. A full concrete half pipe also may be included, depending on construction costs.

Commissioners are scheduled to consider the plans during their regular weekly meeting, which is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

If approved, final plans for the park would be drawn up in July, and be ready for companies to bid on the job by the end of August. Construction could be finished by the end of November.

City Manager Mike Wildgen said that city staffers and their hired engineers had been working for weeks to come up with an appropriate plan for the skate park. Input received during several meetings with interested skate groups and neighbors led to the recommended design.

The project would be financed using revenues from a 1-cent countywide sales tax approved by voters in 1994.

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

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