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GBRC approves Lincoln School project
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An entrance to the Carl Soden Recreation Center has signs showing it remains a gun-free zone. New signs have gone up at a number of state and municipal buildings, indicating they are exempt from the new Kansas law that allows licensed conceal-carry handguns on the premises. - photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Friday approved helping Great Bend USD 428 with a project to improve the ball field at Lincoln Elementary School.
“USD 428 invited us to be a partner,” GBRC Director Diann Henderson said.” Grass has been cleared for a new playground, and GBRC will purchase two backstops and a shell area. While it’s expected to cost about $12,000, she was given the authority spend up to $20,000. The authority allows Henderson to act quickly after getting bids, so grass can go in and the project will be ready when school starts. There will be no grass on the infield, making it suitable for softball as well as baseball.
GBRC has money in its budget for outdoor recreation. “We are a primary user of this facility,” Henderson said. “It’s (also) utilized by the community for drop-in activity.”
In other business Friday, the board authorized the disposal of surplus equipment. Items, which include “10-year-old computers,” will be placed on the GBRC website and people in the community will have an opportunity to purchase those items.