| 2014 Q4 | story by MEGAN GILLILAND |
On October 5, the City of Lawrence officially opened the community’s newest recreation center, Sports Pavilion Lawrence. More than 1,200 community members visited the facility’s grand opening for a first look at the 181,000 square-foot complex. Sports Pavilion Lawrence is located in the northwest section of the city, in the newly created Rock Chalk Park. Rock Chalk Park is a partnership between the City of Lawrence, Kansas Athletics, KU Endowment and Bliss Sports. Kansas Athletics recently constructed new soccer, softball and track-and-field stadiums at Rock Chalk Park.
Sports Pavilion Lawrence has eight full-size gymnasiums available for numerous sports and activities including volleyball, futsal, pickleball and basketball. Sports Pavilion Lawrence is the first facility to include an indoor turf area for practices, games and tournaments. The facility offers a room dedicated to gymnastics and includes beams, uneven bars, spring floor and tumble track.
For those looking for personal health and wellness, the new eight-mile indoor walking/jogging track, or weights and cardio areas, are available to the public during regular operating hours. Healthy menu items are available at Crimson Corner Market by Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee, which uses the healthier nutrition standards developed by Lawrence Parks and Recreation earlier in the year.
Outside the facility, eight lighted tennis courts and more than five miles of outdoor nature trails are available for the community to explore.
Sports Pavilion Lawrence will host tournaments throughout the year bringing many visitors to the Lawrence community, but the bigger impact will be on the citizens as the city continues to thrive to be the most healthy, active community in Kansas.
For more information on Sports Pavilion Lawrence, visit www.sportspavilionlawrenceks.org or follow the center on Facebook or Twitter.
On October 21, economic development leaders officially opened the city’s newest business park for development opportunities. Lawrence VenturePark, was developed by the city on acreage previously utilized as the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant. The site has been transformed from heavy industrial use to a business park featuring more than 200 acres of prime, ready-to-develop land. Since 2010, the City of Lawrence, has worked to physically clean-up the site, demolish unneeded structures, and perform site remediation which primarily involves pumping of nitrogen-impacted groundwater.
The city has installed more than $9 million worth of infrastructure at the site including roads, sanitary sewers, water and wastewater infrastructure, conduit for fiber technology and signalized the intersection of 23rd and O’Connell.
Lawrence VenturePark has industrial-zoned lots from 2.5 acres to 75 acres. The new business park is centrally located in the region and has excellent transportation access to K-10, I-70, 1-35 and 435 corridor, and has access to adjacent rail. The park has been designed for mixed-use development including advanced manufacturing, logistics, back office and animal and life sciences.
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