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Should Lawrence have an ice rink?

Response Percent Votes
50% 336
43% 289
Not sure
6% 46
Total 671


Curtis Lange 5 years, 1 month ago

Why not? Not too many around here so I could see it doing well.

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 1 month ago

No. They are very expensive for upkeep. The money that could be spent on an ice rink could go to much better things!

KS 5 years, 1 month ago

Within five years it will close.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 1 month ago

I've seen multi purpose ice rinks that are converted to roller rinks and cover for the Farmer's Market depending on the season.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

Do taxpayers want to spend $75 million for this ice rink?

The question is misleading:

New PLAY Project?

Who is funding the maintenance and staffing of this PLAY project?

How much will this PLAY project cost the taxpayers annually?

What they keep leaving out of this conversation is that this is more of PLAY brought forth by banker and Chamber leader Bonnie Lowe:

Bonnie Lowe -

Should a Westside rec center be approved?

Should the city spend $20 million or more on the PLAY project?( The school district has spent $20 million on PLAY - has the spending stopped?)

What Kind of Rec Center do you want for Lawrence?

Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Bring out your dead (horses)! Bring out your dead (horses)! And links to outdated polls!

50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago

Sure, right after they build a $10 Million Jo-Jo-learning hall. Nobody ice skates anymore, even roller rinks have failed and people want to build an ice-skating rink? Let private money do it and count the profits.

waiting 5 years, 1 month ago

"Nobody ice skates anymore" Darn wish somebody would have told me that before I spent $900 on two sets of blades. Maybe you shouldn't comment on something you don't know anything about.

50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago


Well, $900 spent and you want the public to build you a place to justify the expense? Just go out to Clinton Lake for the 2 days a year it has ice.

50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago

You don't pay property taxes, do you? (Flip the free loaders)!

Carol Bowen 5 years, 1 month ago

And miniature golf. We need recreation for those who do not play basketball or softball.

P.S. The roller rink did not fail. The family decided not to run it anymore.

gccs14r 5 years, 1 month ago

I'd rather extend operating hours of the T so second-shift folks could use it.

ranger73 5 years, 1 month ago

While we are dreaming why not a winning football team, a good major league baseball team, truly free health care and 2 day work weeks with CEO pay? Or a quadracorn. Definitely a quadracorn-four times better than a unicorn right?

Stuart Evans 5 years, 1 month ago

there's a couple things; this last year, did it ever freeze? Then there's the cost of the city using water and personnel to do the flooding.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 1 month ago

privately funded and operated; sure why not, if that's the risk someone is willing to take. On the taxpayer dime, no way!

tomatogrower 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree with you. A good business might be to open an entertainment complex. Ice Rink, skating rink, miniature golf, arcade, maybe even bowling. It would be a whole large complex with a cafe for kids and adults and rooms for kid's bday parties. It would take a big investment though, and there are few people who would take that risk anymore.

sherbert 5 years, 1 month ago

I would love to see more recreational facilities in town, but if it were financially feasible, private enterprise would provide it. It'll end up like Eagle Bend. Nice to have but competing with private business owners and costing taxpayer money at the same time.

brutus 5 years, 1 month ago

Eagle Bend is a fine facility and gets better all the time. The management of the business could be a lot better but the course is fine.

BruceWayne 5 years, 1 month ago

YES! With a chitload of LIGHTS. Lawrence loves lights!

James Minor 5 years, 1 month ago

I'd bet the attendance percentage is low for ice skating rinks!!! Are there high school ice hockey teams in Topeka and Kansas City? What about Big12 Hockey??

blindrabbit 5 years, 1 month ago

Throw in a go-cart track! Anybody remember those trampoline pits that were popular for about a year back in the late 1950's; killed off because the inordinate number of liability injuries. One (6 units) was located about where the recycle bins are in the Checkers parking lot, caddycorner from the Dairyland. If you missed the small trampoline you were in for a hard landing in the gravel; was especially fun while throwing down a Bud, Hamms, Falstaff or Coors!

JackMcKee 5 years, 1 month ago

Of course! Lawrence is the place where all your dreams come true!

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