To the editor:
Like some of my architect colleagues, I’m not very good at math. After reading Chad Lawhorn’s excellent article (Journal-World, July 24) about the proposed “rec” center, I’m trying to understand how an 800-car parking lot will adequately serve the planned facilities. According to the article, the complex “could include a “10,000-seat track and field stadium.” Assistant associate athletic director for Kansas University Sean Lester is quoted as saying, “these events attract thousands of people, not hundreds.” Also mentioned in the article, “The fieldhouse could accommodate about 1,900 spectators with roll-out bleachers, but additional spectators could watch from a mezzanine level.”
After the first “rec“ center event, will it become obvious that more parking is needed and that a three-story parking garage must therefore be built over the 800-car parking lot? It would only add a few million dollars to a project whose financial feasibility is already suspect. But wait! Event attendees could be charged a substantial parking fee, which could pay for the parking garage!
Or perhaps some event attendees could park at the downtown parking garage/library and ride the “T” to the “rec” center.