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Do you think a youth fieldhouse/sports tournament center in northwest Lawrence would be successful?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
66% 354
No
 
25% 138
Not sure
 
7% 39
Total 531

Comments

pace 2 years, 1 month ago

I think our country is drowning in sports mania. While I appreciate the athleticism and the game, the culture has been corrupted. Money and mania.

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scaramouchepart2 2 years, 1 month ago

I can support if all Lawrence kids have access to the programs. Not just the rich kids. Otherwise it is not for Lawrence, but Bill's buds and basically a private enterprise.

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bendover61 2 years, 1 month ago

It is my understanding that the city needs to build a sewage treatment plant in the east part of town, I also seem to remember that funding will be difficult to come by. I hope the new library, and sports facility won't have flush toilets.

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whatthehell 2 years, 1 month ago

For all those who have doubts or insist on seeing money grubbing bogeymen around every corner... you are wrong. You are not giving anyone the credit they are due for attempting to make the youth sports scene in this town better (it also has workout facilities to benefit adults in West Lawrence). It has nothing to do with the HS sports scene (which did need upgrades but perhaps we went too far). The private money involved here, including land DONATION is HUGE. Clearly we need to see all the details and go through the process, but this facility is going to turn out to be a GREAT investment. The people really pushing this project are not the folks Merril is talking about, although they may be involved. This is not a money maker for them, this is something that many prominent Lawrence folks are trying to make happen, including Bill Self, for the good of the community and the youth of Lawrence.

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GardenMomma 2 years, 1 month ago

There is a wonderful sports facility on the southwest side of town. It has eight youth-sized baseball fields, five football fields, and 15 soccer fields of varying sizes for ages four through high school.

WHY do we need another sports facility on the west side of town?

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Gotland 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes build it. The Westside needs more services from the city. The west side put tons of money into this town and most of it goes to propping up downtown and eat Lawrence. If we can spend 20 million to replace a perfectly good library, we can build this too.

Let the “Old Lawrence” whiners whine.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Let the taxpayers vote on this project!!!

If this is such as hot money maker why is it that private interests keep coming back to taxpayers as if they are doing us a favor?

Most all kids will be too far away to take advantage of this $40 -$50 million dollar project. Considering that USD 497 has spent $20 million or more on the PLAY project we taxpayers may well see $70 million tax dollars on PLAY.

Should the city spend $20 million or more on the PLAY project? http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2007/may/should_city_spend_20_million_or_more_play_project/

Placing it in the north forty does not make it all that accessible to Lawrence in general. Lots and lots of driving = lots and lots an lots of cars. To park where?

I contend this is another bright idea from the local real estate/development industry to move houses that are still sitting empty. This is not about the kids. This is about stealing tournaments from the KCMO/JOCO metro and Topeka. Just like the Chamber had plans to steal shoppers from those two markets.

This project will take years and years if ever for taxpayers to realize a payback.

I say build it on the Farmland site which is on a four lane highway with frontage roads. Why bail out the Schwada brothers? for making a reckless purchase of property?

Let the taxpayers vote on this project!!!

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BABBOY 2 years, 1 month ago

Okay, someone please throw a bucket of cold water on Merrell. Okay, all of the posters above.

Seriously, you would think I was reading the Topeka low life site with them complaining about any thing that might increase taxes.

Anything to make kids more active and less obease and more involved and less bullied is a great idea.

If you losers cannot see it, then you should be bunched in the face cause ya part of the problem....

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RoeDapple 2 years, 1 month ago

"The people pushing this project are generally the same group who brought taxpayers Riverfront Plaza,Tanger Mall and New Urbanism/Baur Fram all of which are mammoth failures which are costing taxpayers money as we speak."

Kinda like the library?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

How much is private?

How much are taxpayers being forced to pay?

Face it folks this is about selling real estate.

And this is part of PLAY which is all about profiteering so how much in profits will taxpayers get in return? How much will the "manager" take away? This will takes years to make a successful for profit venture if ever.

USD 497 has dumped more than $20 million into this PLAY project. Taxpayers deserve a very candid discussion on this matter aka transparency.

This project is based on a similar set up in a suburb of Dallas,Texas. Dallas,Texas is at least 2-3 times larger than KCMO and Lawrence is a suburb to no large city.

The people pushing this project are generally the same group who brought taxpayers Riverfront Plaza,Tanger Mall and New Urbanism/Baur Fram all of which are mammoth failures which are costing taxpayers money as we speak.

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