Laws Field

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As we reported last week, the bleachers at Laws Field were scheduled to be coming down soon. Well, today was the day that the stands where fans cheered many a football teams to victory met their appointment with the scrap heap.

The Eudora School Board voted last month to tear down the aging bleachers citing concerns over public safety.

“The condition of the bleachers at Laws Field are rapidly deteriorating,” Superintendent Don Grosdidier said at the board meeting.  ”We tried to fence them off with snow fence and people come and just push it down when they want to go on them. We either have to maintain them for safety reasons or we need to get rid of them.”

The track along with the fencing around the track will be left in place.  The track is scheduled to be closed for the remainder of the week as crews finish cleanup of the site.

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The Bleachers at Laws Field

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One of the most iconic sites as you enter town from K-10 has been the bleachers at Laws Field.  Soon, the icon will become another memory of old Eudora.  At this months School Board meeting, the Board voted to tear down the bleachers.

“The condition of the bleachers at Laws Field are rapidly deteriorating,” Superintendent Don Grosdidier said.  “We tried to fence them off with snow fence and people come and just push it down when they want to go on them. We either have to maintain them for safety reasons or we need to get rid of them and to me, I don’t think it’s a wise investment of money to maintain those.”

Grosdidier and several Board members expressed during the Board Meeting that this decision was not about tearing down another historic structure but was needed due to the insurance company fears of safety concerns arising from the poor condition of the bleachers.

“I can’t tell you how many splinters I have taken out of people this long,” Board member Dr. Daniel Dickerson said with his fingers spread wide apart.

R.D. Johnson Excavating was awarded a contract for $5000 to tear down the bleachers.  Grosdidier said during his presentation to the Board that any money received by the recycling of the steel would be split evenly between the School District and R.D. Johnson Excavating.

Grosdidier added that during the demolition of the bleachers, the Laws Field complex would be closed to the public.  He added that he expected the entire project to likely be completed in a single day.

Following demolition, the track area would once again be opened up to the public and the School District plans to keep the fence surrounding the field in place for the foreseeable future.

There was no word on the exact day the demolition would occur. Once permits and proof of insurance were obtained and submitted to both the District and the City, it would be up to the excavation company as to when the would be able to schedule the project.

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Zan Martin, 11 takes aim during a rousing game of laser tag during the Family Fun Night at Laws Field Friday

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The Eudora Chamber of Commerce sponsored the first of three Fammily Fun Nights at Laws Field on Friday evening.  This series is to encourage families to come out and enjoy a family style atmosphere of fun and games and watch a movie.

Dan Strimple of Cutter’s Smokehouse cooks up hot dogs and pulled pork to feed the hungry masses

A large crowd filled with kids of all ages spent the evening enjoying the games provided by Games 2 U and several other local businesses set up tents to sell or give away items through the evening.

Eudora’s finest were also on hand to give kids a demonstration of their equipment and let children climb into one of the Fire Departments fire trucks.  The Police Department also brought our their HumVee for the event.  The Fire Department demonstration was interrupted a short time as the Fire Department got a call to go put out a small brush pile fire on the west side of town.

Kristi Mossberg from Rebel Roxie Rose works to create balloon animals for the kids to enjoy

The second Family Fun Night at Laws Field will take place on Friday July 20.  The movie that will be shown just after dark  will be The Muppets. 

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The City of Eudora, in conjunction with the Eudora School District, has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the area located at the corner of 14th and Church St. This area includes the old Nottingham School and the Laws Field.

The RFP states that both parties are interested in finding a qualified developer to to construct a retail shopping center on the site.

Any development will need to follow guidelines established by the Eudora Planning Commission that they passed in September 2010. For a link to the story from September 2010 about those guidelines,  click HERE.

School District officials stated at the School Board meeting Thursday night, that they do not intend to take less than the final appraisal price which is slightly above $1 million dollars. According to Superintendent Don Grosdidier, the appraisal price takes into consideration “site demolition costs”.

For more information about placing a bid, developers are to contact Eudora City Hall and City Administrator John Harrenstein.

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