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A Jewel of a Park

Duane Peterson and Rod Croucher

The Rotary Arboretum is a beautiful public park that was created as a result of a collaboration among the three Rotary Clubs in town and the City of Lawrence. Located at 5100 West 27th street, the Arboretum has inviting walking trails, water features, over 300 memorial trees, gardens, benches, a gazebo, a shelter house, barbecue grills and rest rooms. Duane Peterson and Rod Croucher, both Supervisors for the City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, provided an update on plans for the popular venue. Perhaps the biggest issue is that the park is running out of room for planting memorial trees. However, there are plans to expand into the adjacent acreage between the Arboretum and the ball diamond complex. The city is also working to get all irrigation for the park off of the city water supply which will reduce maintenance expense. Peterson and Croucher would also like to see a phone app created to complement the memorial trees identity web site. The two supervisors thanked club members for financial and volunteer help for the Arboretum.