Oread Neighborhood Path to be dedicated Thursday

LAWRENCE — The city of Lawrence, along with representatives from the University of Kansas and KU Student Senate, will officially dedicate the newly completed Oread Neighborhood Path at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29. The ceremony will begin at the western edge of South Park, where 12th Street intersects the park. After comments, the group will walk west on 12th Street to cut a ribbon at the HAWK signal at 12th and Kentucky streets.

The Oread Neighborhood lighted pathway begins at 12th Street and Louisiana and slopes eastward to South Park, then to downtown Lawrence. The entire pathway is lighted with period lighting and is ADA-compliant. The project was paid for using KU Student Safety funds and Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Lawrence.

The lighted pathway was a collaborative effort between the city and the University of Kansas. The project’s main goal was to improve the safety of the area with lights and lessen hazards to pedestrians travelling from campus to downtown Lawrence. Through this project, the city either repaired or installed new sidewalks and installed traffic signals at 12th Street and Tennessee and 12th Street and Kentucky. The traffic signals will only be in use when activated by a pedestrian needing to cross the street.

The entire path is lit with LED motion-activated lights that are dim until activated by movement along the path. The lighting is also set to project downward instead of up to lessen the impact on residents in the area.