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Letter to the Times: Nature Center proposal sad to see

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How sad to see a city like Lawrence, that we’ve always looked at as progressive and in touch with the needs of those who call Lawrence home, even consider such a move as to place the Prairie Park Nature Center on the chopping block.

We were there recently with an elementary-aged friend and had a very enjoyable time in the center and on the trails. In addition, a summer camp was in progress for elementary children. What fun it was to see how those kids were involved in so many outdoor activities. Yet, we read “least aligned with the City’s strategic plan” in the Times story. What?

We drove from Paola to Lawrence having heard good things about Prairie Park just to spend the morning at this nature center. And from there, we went to lunch in the city! “Least aligned?” To have a nature center and beautiful trails within the city limits? And want to give this all up? And with no real plan as an option — just possibilities? The City of Lawrence is far better than this!

Kevin and Diane Gray, Paola, Kansas

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