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November 3, 2007


Pocket park dedicated on Halloween

It may be one of the smallest areas designated as public space in Lawrence, but don't try to tell that to the founders of the Pocket Park. Enlarge video

It might be one tiny piece of open space, but this week east Lawrence residents are treating the pocket park at Eighth and Rhode Island streets like a national park.

"We don't know the full acreage. Actually, that's in dispute right now," joked KT Walsh, a nearby resident.

Really, the area is only about 1,050 square feet, sitting just east of the parking lot behind the Hobbs Taylor Lofts.

It is designated as a public area and has detailed landscaping, city planners explained, but the area is not maintained as a city park.

On Halloween night, in full costume and with much silliness, neighbors dedicated what they call the "Percolator Pocket Park," named for a group of artists known as the Percolators.

"We had a ribbon-cutting, and I led a wilderness tour," said Heidi Zeller with a laugh. "We had wall climbing and hiking. We had a lookout station. There's plenty of wildlife in the park."

The wall, of course, is about 3 feet tall at its highest point.

"We had ropes and carabiners. To this day, no one has ever made the summit," teased Walsh.

Walsh can laugh about it now, but at one point, she said, most of the block was open space.

"We used to be able to hear the music from the Bottleneck at night, because this was all open space. That was lovely," she said. "We really worked hard to get some green space, and Bo Harris, the developer, was really cooperative on that."

Organizers hoped the dedication would draw attention to the park.

"We wanted to make it a real public space, someplace the citizens of Lawrence could enjoy," Zeller said. "We see it as open space as incredibly important to any city, so we want it to be used by people for fun."

The developer is maintaining the park.


10 years, 3 months ago

the reporter forgot to mention that there have been several bigfoot sightings in the area

bearded_gnome 10 years, 3 months ago

anyone poll the deer on their use of this park?

Confrontation 10 years, 3 months ago

I bet they actually hated the music from the Bottleneck when they could hear it. They have too much time on their hands.

not_dolph 10 years, 3 months ago

Great Point getting warmer - his menus consist of "tasting courses" so the portions are frequently miniature - but many courses....mmmmm....picnic in a park!

clyde_never_barks 10 years, 3 months ago

Shoulda known the crazies were involved in this.

clyde_never_barks 10 years, 3 months ago

Marion - watch the will change your post. I had forgotten how "out there" KT was. Woohoo! But glad they are happy...whatever planet they are living on.

Amy Heeter 10 years, 3 months ago

That is just mean. K.T is a jewel in this community. She spent countless hours working to preserve green spaces in the East Lawrence Community. She should be commended for her efforts in that and every other great deed she does for Lawrence.

clyde_never_barks 10 years, 3 months ago

artichokehead - jewel is one word...i would say more like costume jewelry...which you can likely find hanging from trees in the area and it is art. She should be commended alright...not everyone considers her deeds good - or normal.

clyde_never_barks 10 years, 3 months ago

hmmm...other than downloading the Quicktime player client - I don't think it will play in Real Player or Windows Media. You just have to trust me on this one...craziness abounds.

Amy Heeter 10 years, 3 months ago

She has done plenty of good deeds. She sits on the housing board, has run the Social Service league thrift store and has been honored for her work with them for her years of service, she is a friend to the down trodden of Lawrence, her eye for art is one of a kind. If K.T doesn't know the answer to something she takes it upon herself on her own time to research and gain the knowledge needed to address the issue. An excellent example of that is the revitalization of East Lawrence as presented by Bo Harris. He (Bo) presented a plan that had many of those who have lived in East Lawrence were confused and concerned. K.T. was right there to help those who could not understand and advocate for the older residents of East Lawrence. Maybe to some the hinderance of only painting their homes shades of white was not an issue but to some it was. Green spaces are important to the community. I like K.t.'s art and simply love that she put city council to the grindstone trying to define art. She is a trend setter and a fine human being the likes of which are very rare. Those who love her love her well, as for the rest they can go to @%**.

compmd 10 years, 3 months ago

"Why would the LJW offer its videos only in Quick Time unless it is paid to do so?"

They aren't paid to do it. Encoders cost money.

I remember how much my high school shelled out for RealMedia, and the quality was atrocious. Windows Media comes with Windows Advanced Server edition I believe, so you're paying for it there. Quicktime is pretty cheap, the quality is pretty good, and lots of people in Lawrence have a hardon for Apple. :)

inatux 10 years, 3 months ago

"Why would the LJW offer its videos only in Quick Time unless it is paid to do so?"

Good heavens. QuickTime is an industry standard. Stop being such conspiracy theorists about EVERYTHING.

badger 10 years, 3 months ago

Because Windows Media Player is a piece of proprietary Microsoft crap, and like all the other pMc, it only continues to exist because it's bundled into Windows, which is loaded on the vast majority of non-Mac computers coming onto the market today? If it had to stand and be sold on its quality, it'd go the way of BetaMax.

WMP is about the ugliest, nastiest, least user-friendly and most bug-ridden of the lot. If your QuickTime installation isn't working, you may have to go in and unset WMP as your default, because some people have reported that it interferes with the installation of other media players.

lounger 10 years, 3 months ago

This is pretty cool but it should be 10 times BIGGER!

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