It appears Friday was a million-dollar day for officials at Lawrence City Hall.
On Thursday evening, City Manager David Corliss told the Journal-World he no longer expected to receive a donation from Kansas University Coach Bill Self’s Assists Foundation to help pay for a proposed $25 million recreation center.
But by Friday afternoon, the executive director of the Assists Foundation said the group still planned to make an approximately $1 million donation to the project.
“Our plan has always been to support a recreation center, if indeed it does happen,” said Erin Zimney, the foundation's executive director.
She said the foundation likely would wait until the city accepted bids to build the center before formalizing a donation.
Self’s Assists Foundation announced in March it intended to make a donation to the recreation center. But since then, the project has changed locations and undergone several other changes.
City Commissioner Mike Dever said he suspects the changing nature of the project created confusion about whether the foundation planned to participate.
Zimney, though, said the foundation never meant for the city to think the donation was not going to be made. She said Self and his wife, Cindy, are both very excited about the project.