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Governor forms committee to increase recreational, tourism opportunities on Kansas River

April 10, 2013


— Gov. Sam Brownback has formed a committee to advance recreational and tourism opportunities on the Kansas River.

Brownback, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison will hold a news conference Thursday at the Kaw River State Park access ramp in Topeka.

The committee's work will build on last year's designation of the Kansas River as a National Water Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Members of the Kansas River Development Committee are Abby Amick, economic development director for Wabaunsee County; Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper with Friends of the Kaw; Robert Cole, director of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation; Beth Fager, campaign director, Great Overland Station Museum; Connie Hall, executive director, Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Charmion Harris. owner, Lake Adventures, Milford; Karen Hibbard, vice president, Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau; Bridgette Jobe, executive director, Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.; Eric Laws, president, Kansas Canoe and Kayak Association; Brian Leaders, landscape architect, National Park Service.

Corey Mohn, director of Statewide Programs, NetWork Kansas; Shalyn Murphy, communications and marketing director, Visit Topeka; Greg Panichello, Kansas Small Business Development Center, Fort Hays State University; Christina Phelps, Visit Lawrence; Sara Ritter, executive director, De Soto Chamber of Commerce; Julie Roller, development associate, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation.

Sue Stringer, Kansas Byways and Agritourism manager, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and Roger Wolfe, committee chair, Northeast Kansas Wildlife Supervisor, KDWPT.


BringBackMark 1 year ago

Heard that Brownnose got ticketed for shooting two Turkey's and only having one tag. Apparently he was too lazy to tell his guide to walk 50 yards to see if the first one he shot was dead! Clown doesn't come close to describing this jack$#@.


4getabouit 1 year ago

Finally! No more trips to Colorado to fish for trout. Gonna stay here in Humidville to get me some mud fishes.

Old Brownback just keeps conjuring up dumb ideas. He's a funny guy. A real clown. What's next, snow skiing down I-70!


IKU57 1 year ago

How's this vision Liberal. The new dam, which is backing up water, (imagine that, a dam back up water) could route a portion of the water to a canal down Mass street. Gondolas could be used, as in Venice or the Venetian in Vegas, to gently float retirees past Future World sites of downtown.

There could be young lads with big sticks, baggy stripped pants, shirts and big rimmed floppy hats poking the gondolas along while singing catchy tunes.


Liberal 1 year ago

They built Disney World in a swamp nobody wanted to go there either but one man with a powerful vision changed all of that. More could happen in Kansas and in Douglas County but without a vision nothing will happen, just as nothing has happened around here forever, no vision.


Curveball 1 year ago

When people go on vacation they want to be around beaches, mountains and places like Disneyland. We have several interesting places to see, but they are widely separated and hard to get to. So why wast money on tourism?


jayhawklawrence 1 year ago

Regardless of what motivates this or who the key players are I think this is a good development. Most of the conservatives I know have a great appreciation for the outdoors in spite of their reputation for a limited understanding of the environment. This is an opportunity to work together in a bipartisan way.

I could see this project expanding to include improvements related to fishing, wildlife, camping, hiking, many areas.

We are having problems with our pheasant and quail populations and this also needs to be addressed across the state.


msezdsit 1 year ago

Great, now I can't wait to take a swim in the river. It won't be good for business to make the river healthy and desirable. Who does Scammy think he is fooling with this tripe.


autie 1 year ago

e committee's work will build on last year's designation of the Kansas River as a National Water Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Sam, ain't you a feared of the goll danged federal goverbermunt comin in a tell us what to do? Maybe we can pass us a law that says if the Interior boys tell us somethun we don't cotton much to we can arrest them.

Plenty of good white water on the Kaw....right below the Bowersock dam where it tumbles over and foams up..or suds up...anyway, it is white.


Patricia Davis 1 year ago

I think we should develop a Kochpark to show from border to border just how one f@#ked up family can ruin Kansas. Let's show up close and personal how personal greed can trump a state's noble history.


question4u 1 year ago

Kansas ranks dead last among the 50 states in percentage of public lands. What choice is there but to try to develop tourism on rivers? There's not a lot to see, and you can't actually get out of your boat without trespassing except in a few designated areas, but maybe there are some out-of-state people who have been everywhere else in the world and have nothing better to do than float down a none-too-clean river.

But why is there a need for a committee to advance recreation and tourism? Didn't Sam's rousing speech a few years ago about all those horse trails that land owners could build in the Flint Hills already spark a major new industry? He told us that tourism was "about to pop." Like every other Brownback promise there's apparently no time limit before you begin to see the results of that popping.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year ago

A monorail from DeSoto to Manhattan. Like viewing a wildlife animal park.

Even Bob Laing wanted this years ago , you know the guy who moved trees and shrubs in town. The one who took the shrubs from KU campus and replanted them at various homes in Lawrence where they would be happier.

A link of the monorail over downtown Lawrence is just the thing, but Lawrence has plenty of money, after all Cromwell only wants another $25,000 a year for a babysitter.

Vote for Monorail Vote NO for babysitter Sign Petition to save parking spaces downtown. The city is about to remove parking from Vermont between 8th and 9th for the T.


IKU57 1 year ago

Governor could start with site seeing tours down Mass st. for retirees. There are plenty of visuals to entertain people. The T would be handy tours. Tours down Mass, could be commercialized as Future World.


lawrenceloser 1 year ago

Is the Governor committed to spending millions of dollars, maybe even a few billion, to clean it up?


Shelley Bock 1 year ago

White water rafting? Afraid not. Maybe eco-tours of the river.


Paul R Getto 1 year ago

Just don't touch the water, drink it or eat too many fish. The Kaw is pretty but nasty. 31% Sam wants to imitate Florida. He needs to bring us a nice beach and another Disneyland.

Tourism - with 87.3 million visitors in 2011 (a record number), Florida is the top travel destination in the world. The tourism industry has an economic impact of $67 billion on Florida’s economy.

Kansas has about 5 billion in tourist income. Need to up those numbers, Gov.


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