Service changes, when parking is free in downtown Lawrence and more info for MLK Day

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Post updated at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14:

Here’s a quick glance at closures, service changes and more for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in Lawrence.

• Parking downtown will be free on Monday, Jan. 15.

• The Lawrence Public Library will be open and has a slate of events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is also holding two donation drives. Read more about those at this link.


• Lawrence Transit: Transit routes 1-12 will be in service on Monday. T Lift and Lawrence Transit On Demand will operate as usual. The new Central Station near Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Drive will be closed for the holiday.

Last winter, transit service was canceled for a couple of days because extreme cold temperatures were causing technical issues with the buses’ fuel.

“We made some adjustments to our winter fuel mix this year that should prevent us from having to cancel service like last year,” Adam Weigel, transit and parking manager, said via email Saturday. “We’ll communicate any major unanticipated impacts via social media, press release, and website as soon as feasible, if needed.”

• Solid waste pickup will be completed one day later than normally scheduled during the holiday week. Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday routes on Wednesday, and so forth.

However, there will be no yard waste collections, no bulk item pickups throughout the week, and no roll-off services, cart swaps, deliveries or maintenance on the holiday or Saturday of the holiday week.

Commercial solid waste routes will be collected on schedule for the week, but there will be no cardboard recycling service on Monday outside of the downtown district.

• City of Lawrence and Douglas County offices will be closed Monday.

• Douglas County District Court will be closed Monday.

• Lawrence Parks & Rec facilities and programming will operate with normal hours. The administrative office at South Park and the cemetery office at Memorial Park Cemetery will be closed Monday.

• The Lawrence Arts Center will be closed Monday.

• Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will be closed Monday. If you or someone you know is in crisis during that time, call HeadQuarters Kansas at 785-841-2345 or call/text 988 to speak to a crisis counselor. The Treatment and Recovery Center of Douglas County is open 24/7 at 1000 W. Second St. in Lawrence, and no appointments are necessary.

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