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Information session on potential whitewater outdoor center scheduled for Thursday

The proposed Kansas Outdoor Lifestyle Center at Clinton Lake would be a 1,500-acre facility hosting outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, zip lines, biking, running, hiking, climbing and paddle boarding.

The proposed Kansas Outdoor Lifestyle Center at Clinton Lake would be a 1,500-acre facility hosting outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting and kayaking, zip lines, biking, running, hiking, climbing and paddle boarding.

March 6, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Updated March 6, 2017, 3:58 p.m.

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An information session about the potential whitewater outdoor center proposed for Clinton State Park has been scheduled for Thursday.

The session will cover proposed plans, details and a timetable of the potential project as well as address residents' questions and concerns.

The $70 million center would have a manmade whitewater rafting and kayaking facility, zip lines, rock climbing and a trail system. Plans for the center also include an outdoor amphitheater, restaurant, beer garden and conference center.

The leader of the project is North Carolina-based U.S. National Whitewater Center. State and local officials are going to have to figure out how to finance the construction of the center, potentially using STAR bonds.

The information sessions will be presented by Jeff Wise, president and CEO of the U.S. Whitewater Center in Charlotte, and Linda Craghead, assistant secretary for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The information session was scheduled for the group LiveWell Lawrence, which had requested more information about the project, but the meeting is open to all members of the public, a spokesman with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism said.

The information session will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Champions Room at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane.

Comments

Bill McGovern 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Jeff Wise - leave our town alone. Go somewhere else and build your white water whatever.

Alex Landazuri 7 months, 2 weeks ago

We dont want this at clinton lake. find another location.

Cille King 7 months, 2 weeks ago

One possible problem:

Ohio teen dies from rare brain-eating amoeba after whitewater rafting in N.C. by Jennifer Saylor

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

http://wlos.com/news/local/biltmore-hiring-for-dozens-of-position-on-the-estate

Bob Forer 7 months, 2 weeks ago

These people obviously have some inside support. They are very persistent despite the outcry against it.

At what point in time do we need to form a citizens group to oppose it?

Cille King 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Let's be sure that we know all the issues with a project like this. We don't want another developer to hoist an unworkable proposal (remember the automatic parking myth).

"The (NC) Center's primary feature is the world's largest and most complex recirculating artificial whitewater river. The facility cost $38 million to build, and costs $6.8 million per year to operate.[2] The river channels were designed by three-time Olympian Scott Shipley.[3]

In June 2016, prompted by the death of a teenage park-goer, the USNWC voluntarily closed the park's whitewater channels following the discovery of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, in the park's water.[4] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the park's system for filtering and disinfecting water was inadequate, and that the concentration of Naegleria fowleri in their samples were at the highest levels the CDC had ever seen.[5] New methods for water quality maintenance are being explored before the whitewater reopens in 2017." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._National_Whitewater_Center

Gary Pomeroy 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Interesting that the meeting is on a week-day in the morning when most folks are at work. What is wrong with holding it on a Saturday when there could be more public input . . . . Oh, sorry - guess I was not thinking . . . .

Theodore Calvin 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, they are requesting RSVP's too. Wonder why (rhetorical question)?

Theodore Calvin 7 months, 2 weeks ago

They must have edited that and decided an RSVP was not necessary, or more likely that it made the session look contrived, scripted, and they were vetting the potential attendees. Was looking at a cached version on my cell from earlier and it clearly says: "The info session will be from 10:30 am to noon Thurs in the Champions room at SPL, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. RSVP to : Isaacheinen..."

Chad Lawhorn 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi: The genesis of the meeting is a bit different than what we first thought. It was scheduled to meeting held at the request of LiveWell Lawrence, according to a spokesman for KDWPT. I think that played into the day of week and time. But I did confirm with KDWPT that the meeting is open to anyone to attend. I would suspect there will be a broader community-wide meeting at more friendly time if this project proceeds. Thanks, Chad Lawhorn, Editor

Marilyn Hull 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Chad:

The Lawrence Mountain Bike Club's Facebook page says there is a public input session on Wed. at 7:00 at the Cider Gallery. Can you confirm it's happening and whether the general public can attend?

Bob Summers 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Will it be a sanctuary whitewater center?

Greg Cooper 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, Bob, they'll even let you in. Have a swimmingly good time.

Larry Sturm 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Do not let them build a park in the Clinton state park. Let them buy their own land and build their park that has lots of problems. NO TAX DOLLARS BACKING IT.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Notice how they are having this during the day when most people are working.

Larry Sturm 7 months, 2 weeks ago

If you will look it up Brownback is pushing it for possible tax dollars.

Theodore Calvin 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Brownback pushed it 2 years ago and there was only one proposal, which got no traction. The meeting is being held at RCP too, makes one wonder if a Fritzel is involved. I would almost guarantee. If that's the case wait for KU to get behind it and help bait and switch us with another wonderful gift for our city.

Jenny Hutchinson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

This will never happen. Let this guy have his meetings.

Cheryl Nelsen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm thinking that's the attitude that got Trump elected.

Bob Smith 7 months, 2 weeks ago

No, the Democrats thinking that it was Hillary's turn to be President got Trump elected.

Greg Cooper 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, gosh, here's another way for the state to gather some money: sell public land to a private concern. God help us that they should even think that was a good idea.

Chris Tilden 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I want to respond to Chad Lawhorn'/ comment that a spokesperson from KDWPT indicated that LiveWell Lawrence requested this meeting, That is not the case. LiveWell was contacted by KDWPT through Lawrence Parks and Recreation to invite members to attend an informational meeting. The coalition is not formally involved in this meeting and has not taken a formal position in relation to the proposed project.

David Holroyd 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Endowment does have land at the lake.

It's a bad idea, but one can bet that the Chamber of NO commerce will endorse it. After all, tthose leaders in it have no skin in the game. They are retirees living off the fat of the taxpayers. funding from the commission.

And the Journal World will back the idea because it involves STAR bonds, which the Simons family will need to use for redevelopment of the property downtown.

Snarky , over and out!

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