Archive for Monday, July 22, 2013

40 years ago: City declines purchase of land for park

July 22, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 22, 1973:

Lawrence city commissioners this week decided not to purchase land north of Sixth Street between Tennessee and Kentucky for a park. City Manager Buford Watson had reported that the land was available for about $100,000 and that the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co. was willing to lease the remaining land connecting with the Kansas River. However, Mayor Nancy Hambleton had urged commissioners to place higher priority on other possible purchases, such as the former Bowersock Mills east of the Kansas River bridge and north of Sixth, which had recently been purchased by Kansas Fibreboard, Inc. Watson argued that it was a better use of money to link Central Park with the river and to create the possibility of future connection with riverfront land further to the west by the city water plant.


workinghard 4 years, 11 months ago

Guess we know how that turned out. Think I have pictures of some of the houses that used to be there. There was some really nice ones. Used to be a lumber yard too.

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