Archive for Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Linwood begins park construction

April 10, 2002

Although a completion date hasn't been set, Linwood city officials are hoping construction of a new city park will be completed by the end of next year.

Preliminary work began last week with Linwood city employees removing tree stumps from the five-acre park site.

When completed, the park will be a great addition to Linwood, city officials said.

"I'm hoping it will keep kids out of the streets and from playing down by the (railroad) tracks," said Georgianne Smith, Linwood City Council member.

"It'll be beneficial," Linwood mayor Keith Schellert said. "It'll give kids someplace to go other than the streets."

The park will entail a mulch trail, picnic area, playground equipment and a basketball court, Smith said.

Construction of the park area and playground equipment should be completed in the next few months, she said.

Smith said the first phase of the park construction, the children's area and walking trail, will cost approximately $50,000, with the city hoping to get donations from local businesses to help fund the project.

The park will be built in three phases, with the basketball court, picnic area and parking lot to be completed in phases two and three, Smith said.

The land for the park was donated to the city by Lawrence developer Howard Kastl as part of his 11-home development, Peak subdivision.

The subdivision is the first new addition of its size in Linwood in more than 30 years, and, according to city officials, it won't be the last.

City officials said two more developments have been proposed for the Linwood area.

One subdivision, on Kansas Highway 32, would entail 30 to 250 new homes, while a second subdivision, west of Linwood, would sit on 68 acres, Schellert said.

The subdivision west of Linwood would have to be annexed by the city, he said.

The proposed developments are an encouraging sign for the city, which has wanted to grow.

"It's a positive move," Schellert said. "We either have to move or we die (as a city)."

"I think it's great, I can't wait," Smith said. "We want Linwood to get a new name and a new face."

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