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40 years ago: Uncompleted marina already popular with boating crowd

June 16, 2010

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A front-page aerial photo showed the main Marina at the Perry Reservoir, 16 miles northwest of Lawrence. The caption noted that although the construction of the public facilities was running behind schedule, the site was already very popular with boat owners. Fishing, particularly for walleye, was also reported as good at the lake, and a public swimming beach was popular. Public camping and picnicking facilities were not yet completed but were expected to get heavy use when done.

City officials had requested an appropriation of about $42,000 to acquire land for a greenbelt park along Naismith Ditch. The park would run from about 24th Street to 31st Street for a total of about 30 acres. 27th Street would be run through the park, but all other east-west streets would be closed at the park. The plans called for a baseball diamond, tennis courts, “multi-purpose” courts and hiking trails.

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