Archive for Tuesday, November 10, 1998


November 10, 1998


While its recreation center is dead and its skate park is about to open, anything else in Centennial Park's future remains open for discussion.

And the conversations start Saturday.

City officials have scheduled two public meetings to discuss the 35-acre community park's future, and what Lawrence residents want to see added, eliminated, renovated, expanded, painted, planted or otherwise adjusted.

"Everyone is invited to give their thoughts about elements that will add to Centennial Park," said Fred DeVictor, the city's director of parks and recreation.

The meetings are set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the gym at Sunset Hill School, 901 Schwarz; and 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the school's library.

Anyone unable to attend the meetings may send their ideas to Parks and Recreation, Attn: Centennial Park, P.O. Box 708, Lawrence 66044-0708, or leave a message at 832-3450.

"This is the first step in creating a master plan for the community park," DeVictor said. "The purpose of the meeting(s) is to receive public input that will provide direction for parks and recreation."

The park was created when a group of Lawrence residents bought the 35 acres in 1954, in celebration of Lawrence's 100-year birthday.

In recent years, the park -- considered a community park by city officials -- has been the focus of plenty of public discussion. Lawrence city commissioners at first approved, then rejected, plans for a $13.3 million community recreation center in the park.

Construction of a new "skate park" at Centennial is nearly complete, atop a set of dilapidated tennis courts.

And next year's $79.3 million city budget includes $85,000 to replace the park's restrooms and shelter.

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

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