Archive for Monday, September 26, 2005

Gift will help open new gateway for KU

September 26, 2005


Kansas University could have a new gateway - complete with a fountain - on its east side by fall 2006, thanks to a gift from a well-known Kansas family with government and KU ties.

KU alumni Jill Docking and her husband, former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, have pledged $500,000 for the $600,000 project, Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced last week.

The gateway will be built near the intersection of 13th Street and Oread Avenue. State funds will be used for street improvements that are part of the gateway construction, KU officials said.

Construction would begin in the spring, pending review by the Campus Historic Preservation Board and the city's Historic Resources Commission. The project would be completed by fall 2006.

The gateway would feature a fountain with vertical jets of water fitted into a round plaza, landscaping and engraved stone signage.

The traffic booth will be moved south on Jayhawk Boulevard.

KU plans to name the gateway for the Docking family, which includes two former governors and several KU alumni.


bearded_gnome 12 years, 8 months ago

It will be named for the Docking family: "the jayhawk Docking dock?" "the walking Docking jayhawk stop?" "Oread mountain fountain docking dock?" ...

bearded_gnome 12 years, 8 months ago

Observer...was I complaining about the money? not really. but since you mention it, I'd rather see the money for this used to endow the libraries for more journal support than the Oread mountain fountain Jayhawk Docking entrance.
Oh, observer, "gnome skull was good btw," if you gave to the computer center you suppose they'd get "the Observer server?"

brotherskeeper 12 years, 2 months ago

I think it is cool that they are going to fix the potholes and clean up that area even more. The only thing I see wrong with it is that the name of the family is so prominent. I understand them wanting naming rights... but it is a little overkill. But... If they would like to donate the pay off of my home, I suppose they could put a sign in my yard. "This house paid for by the docking family"... I would just mow around it... might even polish it up for 'em too if I knew they would be driving by. Thanks Docking Family.

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