To the editor:
I can understand how city commissioners might feel like the newly proposed recreation center at the western-most boundary of the city is a great opportunity. But what if it isn’t really what most of the residents of Lawrence would like in terms of “recreation”?
Intercollegiate athletics and superstar coaches Larry Brown, Roy Williams and now Bill Self can create much excitement and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, coaches have a habit of moving on even when we want them to stay. In reality, a small percentage of people regularly enjoy the pleasures of big-time Kansas University sporting events. General ticket prices are high, and good seats go to the highest bidder. Remember when KU pushed old-timers, many KU professors, out of the seats they had had for years?
I believe that commissioners are making erroneous assumptions. My belief is that the entire city would like to have more access to everyday sports close to home — sports that include biking, walking, running, boating, just playing, hanging-out space. Two million dollars a year for 20 years could buy a lot of recreation as well as address other important citywide needs. KU isn’t going anywhere whether this project is a reality or not. Our residents deserve a better plan.