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Users of Lewis-Young Park should look for improvements to be made to the city’s largest park after the City of Louisburg learned last week it had received a National Park Service grant totaling $260,250.
Public Works Supervisor Craig Hufferd made the announcement to the City Council at its meeting Monday night. The grant is part of the National Park Services’ Land and Water Conservation Fund program and is administered through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
“The City of Louisburg is very excited to receive this 50 percent matching grant. This will help make a number of improvements to the park at a quicker pace than can be budgeted in the same time frame,” Mayor Marty Southard said. These improvements should add to the enjoyment and activities that Lewis-Young Park provides to park users.”
The improvements include new fencing on A and B fields, lighting and new pole installation on A field, a 9-hole disc golf course construction, paving the current graveled parking lots next to B & C field and the area around the construction stand, a pavilion located near the east parking lot at the soccer fields and a 1.5 mile asphalt trail from the east parking lot running along the street to the concession stand. The trail will then turn north and run along W. 263rd Street to make a loop.
“We are super excited and the improvements are well overdue and needed,” Hufferd said. Hufferd, along with Communications Coordinator Jean Carder, was instrumental in applying for the grant. He said the city has until March 2023 to complete the projects. Some projects will begin this budget year with others planned for the next budget years.
The city’s Park and Tree Board gave its recommendation to Council to allow city staff to pursue the grant and the City Council authorized the application early last year. The grant was submitted to the KDWPT in March.