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RESIDENTS FAVOR PARK, BIKE PATH PLANS

June 16, 1999

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City officials will have another meeting in four to six weeks about a proposed park on the southwest side of town.

Residents of southwest Lawrence said they generally liked a proposed park area and bike path to be built just west of Kasold Drive and south of Clinton Parkway.

But some voiced concerns about potential flooding problems and light pollution.

"Whenever you take out trees and put in hard surfaces, it exacerbates the flooding," said Jeanne Ellermeier.

"This park will enhance the neighborhood, if it's done right," said Troy Palmer.

Plans call for a park area near Winterbrook and 28th Street. The area is being called Green Meadows Park.

Ernie Shaw, superintendent of maintenance for the city's parks and recreation department, said the city could install a playing field at the north end of the development, and a pond at the south end with a fountain.

"It's up to you," he told about 30 people who attended a meeting on the proposed development Wednesday at Southwest Junior High School, 2511 Inverness. "We want to know what the residents think about some of these ideas."

In addition to the park, the city plans to build a north-south, 10-foot-wide bike path from Clinton Parkway along the west side of Kasold, to an existing east-west bike path that begins near 28th and Kasold.

The cost of that project is estimated to be about $660,000, with 80 percent of the costs being paid by a federal grant, said David Hamby, an engineer with BG Consultants Inc. of Lawrence, which is designing the project.

A cost estimate for the proposed park has not been made.

"It depends on what we decide to do," Shaw said.

Landplan Engineering of Lawrence is in charge of designing the park project.

Shaw and C.L. Maurer, a landscape architect with Landplan, said another meeting about the park will be held in four to six weeks, after officials further finalize the plan using input from Wednesday night's meeting.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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