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Archive for Friday, October 21, 2011

40 years ago: Motorbike track debated for new park

October 21, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 21, 1971:

Motorcycles were one of the main topics at a recent meeting of the Lawrence City Commission. Leslie Blevins Sr., owner of Blevins Honda, had proposed that about five acres for a mini-bike track be included in plans for a proposed 35-acre park east of the city water plant on the Kansas River. He was supported by Frank Garen, president of the Wheelsport Motorcycle Club. George C. Coggins, chairman of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, spoke his objections to the proposal, saying, "We are wholly opposed to motorcycles in what we think could be a unique and beautiful park." He added that the noise would be a disturbance to other park users and that the bikes would destroy plant life and cause erosion.

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