Dirt to diamonds
Land that once housed city of Basehor lagoons could be used for new athletic fields, city officials said this week.
"At this point, that's what my intentions are," Basehor City Superintendent Gene Myracle said. "We haven't determined exactly what we're going to do there, but it'll probably be something like non-participation athletic fields."
Simply put, the fields would be used for practice or recreation only; no refereed games would be played at the fields.
The city's north and south lagoons six cells located near Basehor City Park and the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility are currently being filled in by Miles Excavating.
The project is expected to be completed next week, city officials said.
The lagoon system is no longer in use. It was taken off-line in August 2001 when construction to the city's wastewater treatment facility was completed.
But instead of letting the land sit unused, city officials are considering turning it into practice fields for soccer, football and baseball teams.
There's also the possibility of adding basketball and tennis courts, Myracle said.
Using filled-in lagoon land for city recreation isn't a new idea. The Lansing City Park currently sits on land that once housed a lagoon system.
But before construction can start for the proposed new fields in Basehor, the filled-in lagoons must sit for 12 to 18 months, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment regulations.
"Both lagoons require roughly 70,000 cubic yards of dirt," Myracle said. "Once they're filled in, we have to let them sit for a while."
The north lagoons have already been filled in. City officials will seed over the north and south areas in coming weeks, Myracle said.
Getting rid of the lagoon system means one less headache for the city and its residents, Myracle said.