Archive for Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lawrence will keep Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile

September 21, 2011


Stand down, the Lawrence Missile Crisis is over.

City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting directed staff members to politely decline an offer from the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center to donate the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile that has long been on display in Centennial Park.

The Cosmosphere had sought to restore the missile for a new aircraft and rocket park that it is building in Hutchinson.

Commissioners at their weekly meeting had a little fun with the issue. When introducing the item, Mayor Aron Cromwell asked commissioners to consider whether the city “wanted to get rid of its single line of defense.”

The mayor later noted that isn’t quite right. The city does have a cannon that sits in Robinson Park, the small park near the southern end of the downtown Kansas River bridge.

“We’re not giving away the cannon either, in case anybody is curious about that,” Cromwell said.

The Centennial Park missile — which is, of course, inoperable — was donated to the city in 1964 by the Lawrence Navy League.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

I am so relieved!

Now I and a lot of other people will appreciate the missile more than we ever did before. It's said that you never appreciate anything until it's gone, but in this case we have a second chance!

somedude20 6 years, 7 months ago

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Richard Payton 6 years, 7 months ago

The Greek God Priapus is happy Lawrence kept their symbol. Those out of town trips can be interesting but Lawrence is home.

ThePilgrim 6 years, 7 months ago

I thought that Lawrence's symbol was a Chickenfoot...or a hemp leaf.

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