Archive for Sunday, May 24, 1998


May 24, 1998


2. Martin Park, one mile west of Lawrence on Peterson Road. Donated in 1963, the 19-acre natural area includes hiking trails and a picnic area.

3. Deerfield Park, Princeton and Arrowhead. The 10-acre park has tennis courts, a ball diamond and play area next to Deerfield School.

4. Woody Park, Second and Maine. A ball diamond and play area north of Lawrence Memorial Hospital was renamed in 1973 to honor Elgin Woody.

5. Burcham Park, Second and Indiana. Development began in 1977 after a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Riley Burcham. The park has a group shelter, playground and shoreline view of the Kansas River.

6. Clinton Park, Fifth and Alabama. The 3-acre park adjacent to Pinckney School has a shelter, play area and picnic tables.

7. Tommy Constant Park, Sixth and Tennessee. Acquisition of land between the Kansas River Bridge and Tennessee Street was possible with a gift by the Constant estate. It has a trail along the river north to Burcham Park.

8. Watson Park, Sixth and Kentucky. It honors the late Buford Watson, a former city manager. The park contains Lawrence Aquatic Center, which opened for the season Saturday, as well as playground and basketball areas.

9. Robinson Park, Sixth and Massachusetts. The 1-acre park on the south side of the Kansas River spans pay tribute to Charles Robinson, the state's first governor.

10. Lyon Street Park, Seventh and Lyon. The 10-acre recreational area has two ball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts and a play area.

11. Taylor Park, Seventh and Walnut. Named for John E. Taylor in 1978, the 3-acre park has picnic and sports facilities.

12. Brook Creek Park, 13th and Brook. The 7-acre neighborhood park has playground equipment and sports facilities.

13. Hobbs Park, 10th and Delaware. A 4-acre park that's home to old Municipal Stadium. The Myra Hobbs estate provided money for the park's basketball court, picnic areas and restrooms.

14. Watkins Park, 11th and Massachusetts. The 1-acre landscaped park north of Watkins Historical Museum is a good spot for a brown-bag lunch.

15. South Park, 11th and Massachusetts. Lawrence's oldest park is south of the downtown business district. It includes a bandstand, flower gardens, wading pool, playgrounds and meeting center. A remodeled recreation building is north of the park.

16. Water Tower Park, Stratford and Sunset Drive. The 2-acre area has a play field.

17. Centennial Park, between Sixth and Ninth streets and Iowa and Rockledge Streets. In celebration of the Lawrence Centennial in 1954, 35 acres of land were donated to the city. It features an 18-hole disc golf course.

18. Ludlam Park, Ninth and Schwarz. This 2-acre area provides play equipment and picnic space.

19. Perry Park, Monterey Way and Harvard. This 45-acre park was bought in 1967 and honors former Lawrence teacher and coach L.R. ``Dad'' Perry. It has trails, shelters, restrooms and athletic facilities.

20. Quail Run Park, Inverness and Wakarusa. Five acres of undeveloped woodland is adjacent to the 15-acre site of Quail Run School.

21. Viola and Conrad McGrew Nature Preserve, 15th and Inverness. Fifteen acres donated to the city in 1986 make up the preserve.

22. Veterans Park, 19th and Louisiana. The 3-acre park bought in 1947 is undergoing renovation. It has basketball and tennis courts as well as a playground area.

23. Parnell Park, 15th and Maryland. Basketball goals, playground and picnic area are included on the 3-acre area.

24. Edgewood Park, 15th and Brook. The 18-acre park contains the expanded East Lawrence Recreation Center, playground and athletic facilities.

25. Prairie Park, 27th and Harper, and Mary's Lake, 31st and Haskell. A 71-acre park adjacent to Prairie Park School. The city plans to build a nature center. Emphasis will be on protection of natural features, including a wooded area, the lake and native prairie.

26. Broken Arrow Park, 29th and Louisiana. The 20-acre park was donated in 1961 as part of a parcel of land to the city, county, school district and township. The city and county maintain separate playgrounds. There is a picnic shelter, horseshoe court, restrooms, a ball diamond and open space.

27. Park Hill Parks, off Utah, Nebraska and Dakota streets near Haskell Indian Nations University. These have 5 acres of play and picnic spots.

28. Naismith Valley Park, stretching from 24th and 29th streets on Naismith. The 25-acre greenbelt -- acquired in the 1970s -- has nature trails that follow the stream.

29. Holcom Park, 25th and Iowa streets. A 31-acre school park site was named for Louie Holcom, longtime community baseball coach. Dedicated in 1974, the park has four ball diamonds and many other athletic facilities. A recreation center is accessible from 27th street.

30. Green Meadow subdivision, near 28th and Kasold. It's an undeveloped 15 acres of land that is destined to become a park.

31. Lawrence High, 19th and Louisiana, The Carl Knox Natatorium and Lawrence Tennis Center are located on the school's property.

32. Clinton Lake, west of Wakarusa along the south side of the South Lawrence Trafficway. Four softball fields and a batting cage are located at the complex. The city's Eagle Bend Golf Course, built on 180 acres below the dam at Clinton Lake, is scheduled to open July 18.

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