Earth Day 2014

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN LAWRENCE, KS!

earth-day-powerpoint-background-1Earth Day, observed on April 22nd, was created in 1970 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment, and is now observed in over 175 countries thus making it one of the largest secular modern day holidays.

The 14th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park, hosted by the City’s Solid Waste Division, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th.  The day starts with a parade, hosted by KU Environs, at 11:00 a.m. on Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street to South Park. All activities are free and open to the public.

Come to South Park and experience this unique Lawrence environmental tradition.  There will be live music including a special performance by Aysenur Kolivar and lots of children’s activities.  Attendees can climb on board and explore a city bus and also learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, fair trade, composting, energy and water conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.

The Earth Day Celebration will feature:

  • April Showers to Water Towers: A Water Festival for Douglas County hosted by the City’s Stormwater Division.
  • Tree ID tours hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Alternative fuel fleet vehicles on display.

The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the T all day Saturday, April 19th, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

For more information about the Earth Day Parade and Celebration, please call 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

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COMPOST & WOODCHIP SALE EVENT

·         Thursday, March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

·         Friday, March 28, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

·         Saturday, March 29, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The city will load by tractor into pick-up trucks and trailers at the City’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility located at 1420 E. 11th Street which is east of 11th and Haskell Avenue, over the railroad tracks. The compost and woodchips are not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence.  NO dump truck quantities. For residential use only.  The city cannot load trucks with ladder racks. Patrons are asked to bring a tarp for their pickup to secure the woodchips, preventing them from littering the roadway as they drive from the facility. The cost of the compost and woodchips will be $10 per bucket load, which is equivalent to 2 cubic yards. CASH only.

For more information on the compost or wood chip sale, please call (785) 832-3030.

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Best Place to Buy an Old House

We made This Old House‘s top places to buy an old house - http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20208088_20473842,00.html

I don’t know about you all, but I’m a This Old House addict.  I always get excited if they are working on a home that was made in the same time period as our home.  Maybe with this new article we can have more houses on the show!

From the article:

The Neighborhood
This town of 82,000 was established in the early 1850s; the University of Kansas, founded 15 years later, is still the heart of the place. Lawrence is ideal for walking: Mass Street is the main commercial thoroughfare, lined with local shops (coffeehouses, restaurants, and boutiques) and national chains (Gap, of course).

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Approved Oread Neighborhood Plan

This was approved a while back but is a good read for everyone in our neighborhood.  It will serve as a good background for the upcoming Oread Neighborhood Design Guidelines.  Click the image below to view the PDF.

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2012 Energy Conservation Fair

The 12th Annual Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair and Sustainable Homes Tour will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Holcom Park Recreation Center at 2700 W. 27th Street.

Hosted by the City of Lawrence Waste Reduction and Recycling Division, the Lawrence Energy Conservation Fair provides an opportunity for energy efficiency and conservation organizations to reach the Lawrence market in a trade show setting. This event has grown to attract more than 800 attendees who enjoy learning from a variety of exhibitors including builders, architects, insulation experts, heating and cooling contractors, government agencies, non-profits and alternative fuel vehicle representatives.

For more information check out their webpage at: http://www.lawrenceks.org/wrr/energyfair

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Tour of Lawrence Bike Event coming to Lawrence this weekend

This year Lawrence will again host this cycling event.

Friday – Street Sprints (Downtown)
Saturday – Circuit Race (KU Campus)
Sunday – Crit Race (Downtown)

There are also numerous  related events going on as well.  Check out their website for more information: http://www.touroflawrence.com/

Kids Race Info

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City approves new parking regulations for Oread Neighborhood

Photo © TriArctic Designs & Photography

Last night the Lawrence city commission unanimously approved a new parking standard for the Oread Neighborhood.  This issue is something that many of our members have been fighting for years.  This approval is a huge victory and as Carol von Tersch was quoted in the LJWorld, “I think this will give residents more security about what the future holds for the neighborhood.”  I couldn’t agree more.  For more on this you can read the arcticle in the LJWorld.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/apr/18/city-approves-new-parking-regulations-oread-neighb/

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Oread Neighborhood Path to be dedicated on Thursday

(Lawrence, Kan.) – The recently completed Oread Neighborhood Path will be officially dedicated on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. The media are invited to attend the dedication on Thursday where a very brief presentation and ribbon cutting will occur with representatives from the City of Lawrence, the University of Kansas and KU Student Senate in attendance.

The ceremony will begin at the western edge of South Park, where 12th Street intersects the park. After comments, the group will walk west on 12th Street to cut a ribbon at the HAWK signal at 12th and Kentucky Streets. The media are welcome to gather video or still images and interview participants.

Project Background:

The Oread Neighborhood lighted pathway begins at 12th Street and Louisiana and slopes eastward to South Park, then to downtown Lawrence. The entire pathway is lighted with period lighting and is ADA-compliant. The project was paid for using KU Student Safety funds and Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Lawrence. 

The lighted pathway was a collaborative effort between the city and the University of Kansas. The project’s main goal was to improve the safety of the area with lights and lessen hazards to pedestrians travelling from campus to downtown Lawrence. Through this project, the city either repaired or installed new sidewalks and installed traffic signals at 12th Street and Tennessee and 12th Street and Kentucky. The traffic signals will only be in use when activated by a pedestrian needing to cross the street.

The entire path is lit with LED motion-activated lights that are dim until activated by movement along the path. The lighting is also set to project downward instead of up to lessen the impact on residents in the area.

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Upcoming City Events

Fri.-Sat., March 23-24, 2012 (see below for times)

City of Lawrence Spring Compost Sale

1420 E. 11th Street

The City of Lawrence announces the schedule for the 2-Day Spring Compost Sale for Lawrence residents: Friday, March 23 (8am-3pm) and Saturday, March 24 (8am-4pm) (may close early if supply is depleted).

The Compost Sale will take place at the City’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, located at 1420 E 11th Street, east of 11th and Haskell, over the railroad tracks.  Citizens may either load their own material or have it loaded by tractor into pickups and small trailers.  The City cannot load trucks with ladder racks.  The cost of the compost will be $10 per truckload (more for larger trucks or trailers) and free for all self-loaders.  Cash only, please. This compost is not intended for commercial applications, but rather for the citizens of Lawrence. Dump truck quantities are not allowed.

For further information, please contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

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Saturday, April 14

12th Annual Lawrence Earth Day Parade and Celebration

The 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration in South Park, hosted by the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.  The day starts with a parade, hosted by KU Environs, at 11:00 a.m. on Massachusetts Street from Seventh Street to South Park. All activities are free and open to the public.

 

Come to South Park and visit the Recycle Cycle made from reclaimed materials and learn about recycling.  Eat lunch at one of our locally-owned mobile food vendors and add your plates, napkins, and food scraps to the composting bins.  There will be live music and children’s activities.  Attendees can also learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.

 

The Earth Day Celebration will feature: April Showers to Water Towers: A Water Festival for Douglas County hosted by the City’s Stormwater Division, Garden and tree ID tours hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and Alternative fuel fleet vehicles on display.

 

The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on the T all day Saturday, April 14, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

 

For further information, please contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

 

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Saturday, May 12, 9am-1pm

City of Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event

Free State High School, north parking lot, 4700 Overland Drive

 

The city will host an electronic recycling event at the north parking lot of Free State High School on May 12.  Items accepted for recycling include Computers, Monitors, Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax Machines, Televisions, Video and Audio Equipment, Household Batteries, Microwaves and other Small Appliances, Cell Phones and other Hand Held Devices.

Items NOT accepted: Large Appliances (refrigerators, AC units, dehumidifiers) and Household Hazardous Waste (fluorescent light bulbs, compressed gas cylinders, etc.).

There is a $10 recycling fee per computer monitor and a $15 recycling fee per television.  There is no recycling fee for other electronic equipment.

For further information, please contact the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030 or visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org.

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Lawrence Common Ground Program

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County are seeking applications for an Urban Agriculture/Community Garden land use program (Common Ground).  This Request for Applications (RFA) is intended to assist initiatives for the development of urban agriculture and community gardens in the City of Lawrence and Douglas County, increasing local food production, and providing community benefits.  The City and County seek applications from qualified individuals, businesses, and/or nonprofit organizations to apply for a license to use currently vacant or underutilized municipally-owned properties with the goal of producing fresh healthy food for personal consumption and/or sale.

Please see this site for more information: http://lawrenceks.org/common_ground.

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