Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Park May Receive a New Name ; County Commission to Consider Renaming Area after Betty Dunn

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Park May Receive a New Name ; County Commission to Consider Renaming Area after Betty Dunn

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The Shawnee County Commission plans Thursday to consider renaming Adams Park for former Topeka City Councilwoman Betty Dunn.

Commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler also plan to consider establishing a leash law in four northwest Shawnee County subdivisions and soliciting proposals from research firms to conduct a survey for the county on planning-related matters.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. in its chambers in Room B-11 of the county courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th.

Parks and recreation director John Knight is asking commissioners to rename Adams Park at 3300 S.E. Adams after Dunn, who was a councilwoman from 1995 to 2003 and is former president of the Hi- Crest Neighborhood Improvement Association.

Knight told commissioners in a recent memorandum that the Hi- Crest NIA recently obtained a $25,000 federal grant to improve the one-acre park, which was built in 1951 and "is mostly open space with lots of mature shade trees and some limited play equipment."

Knight indicated the grant would enable the park to add trash receptacles and access walks to its equipment, and replace a wood chip surface with rubberized surfacing.

He wrote: "Betty Dunn is a community leader who has worked to preserve and improve the community for many years. The Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Foundation will work with the family, friends and the neighborhood association to create an Endowment that will be utilized to provide future enhancements to the Betty Dunn Park and to preserve it as a first class neighborhood park for future generations."

Commissioners also plan to consider planning director Barry Beagle's request that the county seek proposals from qualified survey research firms to conduct a scientific planning survey of residents of unincorporated Shawnee County. …

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