City asked to financially back outdoor rec center at Clinton State Park

The City of Lawrence is being asked to join with the state to help financially back a $70 million outdoor recreation center at Clinton State Park.

Leaders of Plei, the company that would run the center, told the City Commission at its Tuesday work session that conversations with the state had been positive, but emphasized it would require significant up-front funding.

“It does take a huge, initial capital investment,” said Jeff Wise, Plei managing principal. “And that was why all of our conversation and focus with the folks at the state early on was, ‘Hey, while this looks great and this is extremely exciting and has a huge, huge upside to it, it does come at significant capital cost.’”

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