Letter to the editor: Visitor concerns
To the editor:
I recently read the article of the upcoming move of the Visitor Center that is currently at the Union Pacific station in North Lawrence. The article states the center will be moved to a small storefront on Massachusetts Street. I have questions and concerns about the move.
Through the years I’ve seen a number of large Class A motor homes maneuver and successfully park in the Visitor Center parking lot or the adjacent city-owned lot across the street. Are these visitors expected to park downtown with one of these types of vehicles?
We all know how difficult it is to find a parking spot on any given day on Massachusetts Street. I can only imagine what it would be like to find a parking stall a block and a half away on a cold, windy, rainy day to find out that you don’t have any loose change for a parking meter, and upon your return you have a $5 parking ticket. Welcome to Lawrence.
It seems strange to me to spend $40,000 a year in rent for a new location that may possibly bring in more people while the existing spot is being used at no cost.
Maybe it will be a positive move and I hope the new center will get more foot traffic as planned. Last but not least, I hope the existing historic Union Pacific building will be maintained at its current level. You just can’t beat the beauty of the building and landscaping that is there.