Archive for Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for city park

November 17, 2005

Basehor City Park has evolved gradually since it opened in 1992. New equipment and other amenities have slowly, but surely, been added by local government and volunteers.

This week, park supporters and city officials will add another long-sought-after element to the park: a $40,000 full-sized, permanent restroom. The Basehor Park Board will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the park, 15940 Leavenworth Road, for the new restroom.

Park board members said the new facility is a nice addition to the park.

"We had wanted a (permanent) restroom out there for years and years, but we never had enough money," said Judy Goens, park board chairperson. "It's going to be a wonderful facility."

"Basehor residents will be proud of the new bathroom facility at the city park," park board member Debbie Bonee said. "It is a very nice and much needed addition to the park."

The new restroom is a concrete, 16- by 32-foot structure that features dual stalls, drinking fountains and utility room for supplies. It will be opened and closed by an automated timer; the facility will be open during the same hours as the park -- daylight to dark.

The facility was paid for by money donated through fund-raisers, recycling drives and a park fee charged to new development.

Development of the park has been a joint venture between the city government and local volunteers. Four Basehor-area women -- Goens, Mary Ohler, Margie Barlow and Cindy Bartko, all of whom also serve on the park board -- raised money for the park by volunteering to work during events at Sandstone performance venue.

The park land was acquired by the city from resident Edward Bates.

The park currently encompasses 11 acres. The city has plans to expand the park in coming years onto six acres of vacant land to the east, which once housed lagoon cells.

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