40 years ago: Wells Overlook showing signs of deterioration

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 16, 1975:

An editorial writer this week drew attention to the declining condition of Wells Overlook Park, about seven miles south of Lawrence. The park, which featured picnic areas, “unusual rustic play facilities for children,” and a lookout tower providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area, had been the target of vandals and was not being maintained in good condition. “Weeds are sprouting in the play areas and some trimming of vegetation appears in order along the paths leading to the main recreation site,” the editorial read. “The chain-link fencing on the tower has been severely abused, and the restroom facilities, cookout grills and shelter area appear in need of more regular cleaning and maintenance.” County officials had recently agreed to install a gate at the park “to discourage late-night visitors and cowardly vandals,” and it was suggested that the entire park would benefit by a “general housecleaning to enhance its attractiveness to the users who come for enjoyment rather than to vent senseless destructive urges.” The Wells Overlook Park, the editorial concluded, was too fine a family recreational area to have to suffer continued deterioration.