Maybe there is room for more than one fieldhouse in Lawrence.
City commissioners may want to borrow a page from the iconic Allen Fieldhouse by naming the new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park: Lawrence Fieldhouse. Or, commissioners said they also would like to consider the name Lawrence Freedom Fieldhouse.
“Alliteration helps it roll off the tongue, and makes it memorable,” said Commissioner Jeremy Farmer, who said he also liked that the name would invoke Lawrence’s history as a community that champions freedom.
But if one fieldhouse is enough for Lawrence, commissioners said they also would consider the name Lawrence Sports Pavilion. Commissioners are asking staff members and a previously hired consulting firm to create some mock logos based on the names and bring them back to the commission in two weeks.
Technically, all three names also could also include the Rock Chalk Park moniker. For example, the name could be Lawrence Fieldhouse at Rock Chalk Park. Also, the city is still interested in selling corporate sponsorship naming rights, which would add more to the official name such as the Acme Sporting Goods Lawrence Fieldhouse at Rock Chalk Park.
“But you don’t want to make it so long that people pass out when they say the name,” Commissioner Terry Riordan said.
Other names brought up by commissioners included: Naismith Fieldhouse, a reference to the inventor of basketball who coached and lived in Lawrence; Lawrence Freedom Center, Lawrence Activity Center and Lawrence Sports Center. Consultants previously had recommended the name SportQuest, but commissioners said the name did not seem well-received in the public.
Several members of the public had suggested the Ad Astra Center, but commissioners agreed that having Lawrence in the name was an important consideration.
But commissioners also said that there is a good chance that the public will simply choose to call the facility the Rock Chalk Park recreation center, since the Rock Chalk name has been in the community for so long. But the city cannot use the Rock Chalk Park Recreation Center name because of trademark issues with Kansas University.
In other news, commissioners:
• Approved a rezoning to allow a “farmers’ market-style” grocery store to be built in the Bauer Farm development near the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
• Agreed to exempt the Lawrence school district from receiving city building inspections related to the projects related to their $92.5 million in school bond projects. The projects, however, will be inspected by either state inspectors or private inspectors hired by the school district. The arrangement was agreed to after the school district asked to have about $280,000 in city building permit fees waived.
• Agreed to waive about $265,000 in sewer and water system development charges as part of a project for a new public works facility for Douglas County.