Archive for Friday, July 10, 2009

Recreation folly

July 10, 2009


To the editor:

The word “taxpayers” should have been added to your headline in the July 3 Journal-World: “State, city, schools, (taxpayers) face budget pains.” It seems that no matter how often or how much we taxpayers vote ourselves increased taxes, the city and county commissioners have the mentality of all who live by bank card charges. Somehow, money just isn’t real to them. Charge it to the taxpayers, and shortfalls will disappear.

I have been waiting for public outcry to David Corliss’ statement that the 2010 “budget includes some new projects, including $300,000 to study and possibly design a new West Lawrence recreation center near Wakarusaff and Overland drives.” $300,000? Possibly design? Recreation center? Outrageous! And what would be the cost to build this folly! There are sufficient recreation centers in Lawrence, plus movie theaters, a public library, swimming pool, open-to-the-public high school facilities, etc.

Wouldn’t the better choice be to spend $300,000 to bus school children who live within 2.5 miles of their school? You, instead, opt to have them walk in these days of child abuse, kidnapping, molestation and murder? You opt to have them walk on icy sidewalks and roads and cross busy highways?

I’m sure glad my children are grown and do not live in Lawrence. Exercise your brains, commissioners. And you, John Q. Public, voice your contempt and disgust. Apathy makes people but floor mats.

Paris is from Lawrence


KU_cynic 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree, Ms. Paris, that now is not the time for expansion of non-critical city services.

That said, I anticipate growing political pressure in Lawrence for additional spending on city services on the city's faster growing and more affluent west side. Possibilities include a library, a rec center, fitness trails, and athletic fields, especially for baseball/softball.

The tension will be between those who want to expand and augment existing programs in the more central part of town and those from the affluent "new" west who naturally want their taxes going to support services more conveniently accessible to them.

mom_of_three 8 years, 9 months ago

Actually, a rec center near Wakarusa would be nice, as there isn't anything on that side of town, as we have Holcomb, the East Lawrence Center, and the downtown Community Center.
BUT there should be a proper time to build it, when we can afford to do so.

George_Braziller 8 years, 9 months ago

mom - West side of town does currently have the indoor pool at Freestate HS, the public golf course, and easy access to Clinton Lake so they aren't exactly without recreation options.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 9 months ago

I say the city has built enough rec centers to know how to design them. Does that area need one?

Well the very high multi (15-20)million dollar 1,505 acre Clinton Lake Regional Park project is underway is not far from that neighborhood.

That $300,000 could be better spent on a Cost of Community Services Study. Which could perhaps determine what in Lawrence is or IS NOT paying back the taxpayers after 25 years of expanding the tax base. THUS providing some badly needed direction. Taxpayers have been requesting a study such as this for several years only to be ignored.

The question has arisen "Do city/county politicians not want to know?"

Like where is the money? How was it spent? Have all of the new construction projects aka neighborhoods and retail been paying the back taxpayers OR increasing our taxes?

Were the choices for expanding the tax base the most fiscally responsible? or fiscally reckless?

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 9 months ago

"RichardHecklerBot (Anonymous) says…I say the city has built enough rec centers to know how to design them. Does that area need one?"

Ironic that you would complain about an expensive study when you try to use studies and experts to bury any project you don't like. It is telling that you do not want to cut the study funding, you want to redirect the funding to a study you like.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

"West side of town does currently have the indoor pool at Freestate HS, the public golf course, and easy access to Clinton Lake so they aren't exactly without recreation options."

Not to mention the YSI fields and softball complex at Wakarusa and SLT.

Kasha 8 years, 9 months ago

g10ckOwn3r: My point was that if there are funds to spend frivolously on some unneeded rec. center, why not divert them to bussing school children. It's not a "study" about what I like at all. It is a possible solution to a stupid decision in the first place.
And to others who responded to my Letter to the Editor, thanks for your support--and for mentioning other recreational outlets in Lawrence.

George_Braziller 8 years, 9 months ago

So what's your definition of the children who are "East Lawrence people"? Is that east of Mass? East of Iowa? East of Kasold? East of Wakarusa? East of Topeka?

edjayhawk (Anonymous) says… I get tired of the childish talk from East Lawrence people complaining about anything that they don't get….

KsTwister 8 years, 9 months ago

I am tired of paying taxes for recreational when they can't even afford to put more than a1/2 inch of asphalt on a new street only to have to redo the entire project (IOWA), put in unneccessary speed bump around 9th street(which does not work), and roundabouts. They cannot even do the necessities right let alone and added frivolities. Instead of paying for studies why not call in a sucessful programs manager from a town that got it right and talk to them?

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