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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 News from the City of Lawrence
1) Fire Marshal calls for safe and fun July 4th
2) City offices to close Wednesday, July 4
Contact: James King, fire marshal, (785) 830-7003
1) Fire Marshal Calls for Safe and Fun July 4th: Most fireworks are not Permitted in city limits; community to sponsor free fireworks display in Burcham Park
(Lawrence, Kan.) – With the Fourth of July drawing near, the Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Department reminds the public that only novelty items are permitted in the City of Lawrence.
Several acceptable items are available for family celebrations. The list of novelty items includes:
* Party poppers - small items not more than .25 grains of explosive with a string protruding from the device that is usually pulled to ignite.
* Snapper - small paper wrapped item with no more than .02 grains of explosive that, when dropped, the device explodes.
* Snakes, glow worms - produces a snake-like ash upon burning.
* Sparklers - Wire or stick coated with pyrotechnic material that ignites to produce a shower of sparks (sparklers are only permitted in Lawrence the from June 27 – July 5 as part of the State permitted items).
* Toy Caps - toy plastic or paper caps for toys in sheets, strips, rolls or individual.
* Toy Smoke devices - produce smoke only and with a limited amount of pyrotechnic material.
“Novelty items contain a limited amount of pyrotechnic material and are not mobile,” explains Fire Marshal James King. “The community-sponsored display at Burcham Park is a great opportunity to enjoy fireworks. Conducted by licensed pyro-technicians, the professional display has taken in to account spectator safety and the proximity of combustibles.” The community-sponsored display will begin at dusk at Burcham Park, 200 Indiana.
City of Lawrence Ordinance No. 7594 states that the use, possession, handling and sale of fireworks are prohibited with the exception of the use of fireworks for display is allowed as set forth in for supervised public displays.
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
2) City offices to close Wednesday, July 4
(Lawrence, Kan.) - City offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Lawrence Transit System will be closed on the holiday, July 4, and both fixed route and paratransit buses will not run. All routes will be operational on July 5.
Yard trimmings will be collected as scheduled on Monday, July 2. Residential trash scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 will be collected on that day. There will be no residential solid waste collection on Wednesday, July 4. The week's residential routes will be delayed by one day, moving Wednesday routes to Thursday collection; Thursday routes to Friday collection. Commercial collections will be completed on Wednesday, July 4 and are unaffected for the week.
To report a water or sewer emergency after business hours or during weekends and holidays, contact the Utilities Department at (785) 832-7800.
Parking at meters in downtown Lawrence will be free on Wednesday, July 4.
Lawrence Parks and Recreation July 4 holiday hours:
- All recreation facilities will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. The facilities that will be closed include: Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.; Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. and East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St. All facilities will reopen with regular hours on Thursday, July 5. The Parks and Recreation Administrative Office in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St., will also be closed.
- Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., will also be closed Wednesday, July 4, reopening for its scheduled hours on Thursday, July 5. There will also be no programming scheduled that day. The nature center camp Eco-Energy Adventures will not be held on the holiday.
- Unified Day Camp, as well as the Special Populations dance class, will not be held Wednesday, July 4.
- There will also be no recreation classes held on the holiday, and will resume as scheduled Thursday, July 5. Summer Playgrounds will not be held on Wednesday, July 4, but will be resume Thursday, July 5.
- The Lawrence City Band Concert, regularly scheduled Wednesdays nights throughout the summer, will hold its July 4th holiday concert 8–9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the William Kelly Bandstand in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.
- No Adult Sports league games are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. Youth Sports league games will not be held on the holiday and will resume Thursday, July 5.
- There will be no aquatic fitness or instructional classes held Wednesday, July 4.
- Eagle Bend Golf Course and Learning Center, 1250 E. 902 Rd., will be open and is accepting tee times online or by phone, lprd.org or (785) 748-0600.
- The Aquatic Division will have altered hours for the holiday. The Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, and the Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky St., will be open as scheduled on Wednesday, July 4, but will close at 6:45 p.m.
- South Park Wading Pool, 1131 Massachusetts St., will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, and will reopen Thursday, July 5, on its regular schedule.
For more information on Parks and Recreation programs and activities contact us at (785) 832-3450.
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