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Do you think they should develop lakeside property at Clinton Lake?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 17, 2006

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Photo of Amanda Warren

“No. I just think it should remain a recreational lake that is accessible to everyone.”

Photo of Stephan Fuchs

“I think there is enough development going on. The city is already spread out enough. They have to stop the sprawl somewhere. They should focus on redeveloping areas in town.”

Photo of Amy Bartlow

“No. We like to boat there a lot, and we don’t like it when it’s really crowded. I think that if they develop property out there, it will draw too many people.”

Photo of Andy Hause

“No, definitely not. It could be big money, but I feel like we’re already developing everything. Lawrence is exploding in all directions. It’s nice to just see natural areas left untouched.”

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lunacydetector 9 years, 5 months ago

amazing....everyone interviewed was downtown. i wonder what the majority west of iowa street would say about it?

Richard Heckler 9 years, 5 months ago

I say NO to the project. The demand is all on paper. The "boomer demand" is the LJW world interpretation. Without an economic impact study and an environmental impact statement nothing should be done.

This would require a constant stream of traffic to make good dollars and sense. Mr. Simons is still looking for that convention center that remain vacant most of the time. People can come to town then visit Clinton Lake after finding a rock to sit on that overlooks the lake.

Why would another golf course do any better than Eagle Bend? Would it be a week end golf course? Would it meet projected revenues levels that taxpayers could depend on? Golfers in the area have just spent big time bucks redesigning/rebuilding the Lawrence Country Club course.

New housing and a golf course in the area will mean herbicide/pesticide run off in to Clinton Lake.

tell_it_like_it_is 9 years, 5 months ago

Why is it that someone has to develop every wide open space they find? It happens in my county too. You have a pretty piece of land and before you know someone has stuck a bunch of cheap made ugly expensive houses on it. Or a strip mall. Sometimes I don't think they'll stop until every empty space in eastern Kansas is filled up with some kind of crap.

Bruce Rist 9 years, 5 months ago


The golf course is envisioned for retired people, so just the opposite. They (the retirees) would be playing mon-thursday and leaving the fri-sun for the working class/ when courses are typically very busy. So, no it would not be a weekend golf course. There is no such thing.

A golf course would drive up the property values sense most of the homes would be built around the golf course making it easier and profitable when selling lots and homes. Think Lake of the Ozarks

nekansan 9 years, 5 months ago

Clinton is a flood control lake as most in Kansas are. Residential development on a flood control lake would be very different than at Lake of the Ozarks. You must allow for very significant swings in the lake level which is not an isse at Lake of the Ozarks. Generally people who build lake homes want them on the water, but for a flood control lake you must build back far enough to allow the lake to be at flood pool, this means homes are far away from the normal lake level and docks are more expensive and difficult to build.

BS20 9 years, 5 months ago

I am west of Iowa and I say No. Our lake is already being overrun by Johnson County residents with this expansion the lake is going to become a parking lot for boats.

Ceallach 9 years, 5 months ago

No. Sunflower_sue, Gootsie and I all say no . . that settles it:)

funkdog1 9 years, 5 months ago

I live west of Iowa. Quite a bit west. Clinton lake is one of the last open spaces in this county with some wildlife and gorgeous flora. Leave it be for EVERYONE to enjoy.

gccs14r 9 years, 5 months ago

I remember when the only part of Lawrence visible from the dam was the dorms. There is already too much development out there. Besides, once the lake silts in, any residences out there will be overrun by mosquitoes and all the development money will have been spent for naught as people try to unload their swamp-side property.

There is already a looming water shortage. Why should we encourage anyone else to move here?

Deathwind1 9 years, 5 months ago

It should be left AS IS! But there are those out side of town who beleive it will only look great when the only thing that can be seen is GREEN CEMENT--That is there way of looking at nature--I look to be see things to take pictures of! I dont like pictures that say--Gee look at all the lights, all the buildings, all the people, and all the Green Cement.,--Thats what you will see IF there is NO one willing to use their time and money to FIGHT this! I wrote this because I live where this is going to happen Because our farmland is going to be used to build a Gambling Site that will be the BIGGEST in the WORLD--YES it will be bigger than ANY in Vegas--Look it up to see read about it--A nother Indian gambling site is going to be built in Ridgefield Wa. If the Feds OK it--I feel they will!!!

thunderbuns 9 years, 5 months ago

Don't rush me!!! I'm still tryin' to figger out if I wanna be cremated or buried !!!!!

thunderbuns 9 years, 5 months ago


Great! I want in on both parties! They can bury the top half of my body and cremate the bottom half! I get dibs on being shot from the cannon first (my ashes....not my body...) !!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 5 months ago

hahaha thunderburns!

Yep C. The gals have spoken.

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