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Splash Pad is being Planned For Gunn Park

A similar splash pad to this image is being planned for Gunn Park. Submitted photo.

A small group of Fort Scott residents, most of whom have young children,  have a vision for a splash pad in Gunn Park.

A splash pad is a water recreational play area, which in other cities, is often in a public area.

“A splash pad will benefit all ages,” Josh Jones, one of the organizers said.  “It’s a great way for people of all ages to stay active during hot summer days.”

columbiasc.momcollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/splash-pad-2.jpg Taken from Facebook.

“A small group of us started this right before COVID  (the disease pandemic) hit and it’s been on hold till recently,” he said.

The group is comprised of Kristin Bishop, Will Bishop, Seth Needham, Bailey Lyons, and Jones.

“The planned location for the splash pad will be right down from the caretaker’s house, on the east side of the road, as you start to exit Gunn Park, across from shelter house #1 (the big rock shelter house),” he said.

Fundraising will begin January 2022 and the plan is for the splash pad to be operational by summer 2023, Jones said.

“We have a couple of fundraisers lined up that we will announce in the next month or so,” he said.

Donations are being accepted at Lyons Realty Group, Bourbon County Cars, or Venmo at Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.

 

Smallville Crossfit Hosts Fort Games March 19-20

Smallville Crossfit
will be hosting Fort Games on
March 19th and 20th, 2022
Don’t miss your chance to let them promote your business while you support local activities!
Please contact Smallville with any questions or inquiries.
(620) 719-9602

Riverfront Park: A Work In Progress

Riverfront Park, 2021

Riverfront Park on the north end of Fort Scott near the Marmaton River, is a work in progress.

As grants have been received, the Riverfront Park Authority Board has put in place many amenities that the public can enjoy: a tree-lined walking trail and lighting for that trail, a pavilion with electricity, several resting areas and a boardwalk,  with views overlooking the river.

A recent flood wrecked the boardwalk overlook, so it was disassembled and moved to the south, across the river on higher ground.

“The flood put it on the edge of the riverbank, almost in the river,” Jerry Witt, a member of the Riverfront Park Authority said.

Johnny Walker Construction did the work of moving the boardwalk, he said. The timber for the original project was donated by Evergy Electric and was reused.

The Fort Scott Fire Department washed and cleaned it after it was reconstructed, about two months ago, Witt said.

“It’s shaded in a beautiful spot,” Witt said.

On the horizon for the Riverfront Park Authority is an 8-foot wide asphalt trail that will lead to the boardwalk overlook.

In a circle garden spot on the River Loop Road, from which one can now see the boardwalk, the Bourbon County Garden Club has planted a colorful garden.

“I want to thank them for their work,” Witt said.

This club also plants and maintains the plants in downtown Fort Scott.

“The fire department has been watering the flower bed this summer and we thank them, as well,” Witt said.

There has been added traffic to the River Loop Park because of the murals painted in the Hwy. 69 underpass that segments the park, he said.

The murals were painted by local artist Stephen Toal.

To view a prior story on Toal and see the murals: Art Is Therapy For Toal

The Riverfront Park Authority Board is preparing the write a grant to finish the walking trails on the River Loop Road, Witt said.

The board has also had the engineering done and also permits completed to build a walking bridge across the river, he said.

“We just need the funding to secure that,” Witt said.

The board applied for a grant a few years ago to bring a historic Bourbon County bridge to the park for public use.

“We received a $750,000 grant to move it, but all bids came in over $1,000,000, so we gave the grant back,” Witt said.

The idea to remake Riverfront Park began in 2005 and a group of citizens was commissioned by then-Governor Sibelius in 2007.

The board is comprised of Witt, Bob Love, Danny Magee, Arnold Schofield, Jeff Sweetser, and Allen Warren. Ex-officio members are Dean Mann, Betty Boyko, Penny Barnes, and Kate Sweetser.

To see a prior story on the park:

Overlook of the Marmaton River in Place at Riverfront Park

 

Riverfront Park Trail is a calming walk on a beautiful day.

 

Bike Trail Coming To Bourbon County

The signs that will designate the bike route of the new Prairie Pathways Bike Trail coming to Bourbon County. Submitted photo.
Representatives from a neighboring county spoke to the Fort Scott City Commission recently about a proposed bicycle trail in Bourbon County.
John Leahy, Thrive Allen County Bike and Trails Coordinator and John Castellaw the Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for Thrive
 covered a brief history of how the Prairie Pathways plan (approved by Bourbon County, Allen County, and Crawford County) was the first rural active transportation plan in Kansas.

The men then detailed the entirety of the route along old Highway 54 from Fort Scott to Iola, to the city commission, Leahy said.

“We needed to appear before the (FS)city council because we were seeking final approval of the signs for the Prairie Pathways within Fort Scott city limits,” he said.

“The route has been set in all three counties,” Jody Hoener, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team CEO said.

“Bourbon County will have approximately 23 miles of the total 43 miles from Fort Scott to Iola,” Leahy said.

“We are working on gaining permission through each of the cities (in Bourbon County),” Hoener said.  “We have obtained permission for signs from the City of Fort Scott. They will also be presenting to the City of Uniontown and to Bronson City Council to gain permission for sign placement.

“Eric Bailey with Bourbon County’s Public Work will be helping us with installing (sign) posts,” she said. ” Right now they are working hard on getting as many miles as asphalt down as possible.  They will help us with installation as soon as they can.”

 “Allen County, Bourbon County, and Crawford County (ABC) are actively working to improve the bicycling and walking environment to improve access to opportunities for physical activity, enhance the quality of life, and encourage economic growth”, according to information provided by Leahy . “Each community recognizes that active transportation – biking and walking for transportation, as well as outdoor recreation – impacts our lives in several important ways. Research, such as the cost-benefit analysis The Potential Trail Benefits for Bourbon County, Kansas, (Robb, 2017) has shown trails to do more than add to community’s appeal as a place to live, such as:
● Increased sales for existing businesses
● Opportunities for new business
● Increased value and speed of sale of nearby properties
● Reduced medical costs from healthy activities
● Business location and relocation decisions
● Healthcare insurance decisions
● Addresses rural transportation issues
● Low or no-cost recreational opportunity
● Attracts and retains a skilled and unskilled workforce
● It helps lower transportation costs, both for individuals and for communities as a whole;
● Provides attractions for visitors”
The ABC plan’s name was recently changed to Prairie Pathways, he said.

 

“In respect to a timeline, Thrive is working with both Allen County Public Works as well as the City of Iola Public Works Department,” he said. “We are trying to coordinate both so the signs are installed along a similar time frame after the…(Allen County Public Works)asphalt season.”

John Leahy can be reached at  620-365-8128

Hoener can be reached at jhoener@hbcat.org

” Funding for the planning stage is from the Sunflower Foundation,” Hoener said.  “We have grant dollars from Blue Cross Blue Cross  Pathways to Healthy Kansas for signage and posts.”

John Castellaw the Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for Thrive Allen County spoke to the Fort Scott City Commission about the bike trail. Submitted photo.
Jody Hoener with John Leahy and John Castellaw at a recent Fort Scott City Commission meeting. Submitted photos.

“Funding for the planning stage is from the Sunflower Foundation,” Hoener said.  “We have grant dollars from Blue Cross Blue Cross  Pathways to Healthy Kansas for signage and posts.”

ABC Trails has been renamed Prairie Pathways. Hoener provided the cost benefits poster.

 

 

 

What’s Happening in Fort Scott April 9 Edition

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!
April 9th Weekly Newsletter
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UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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April until 30th ~ Poetry Contest hosted by Hedgehog.INK Bookstore. Click here to learn more about submission rules and deadlines.
4/9 – The Boiler Room Brewhaus Friday Nights Karaoke!
4/9-15 – Fort Scott Cinema Showtimes Now showing Godzilla VS. Kong, Firl who believes in Miracles and Voyagers. Click here to view showtimes.
4/9 – FSCC Women’s Intercollegiate Golf Tournament Round One! Begins at 1 pm Tee Time at Woodland Hills Golf Course.
4/9-10 – Livestock Sale at the Fort Scott Livestock Market, both Friday & Saturday, click here for their FB page.
4/9-11 – Kansas Rocks Recreation Park Camp-N-Crawl 3-Day Event click here for details.
4/9-10 – Timken 2-Day Job Fair April 9th 1-5pm, April 10th 10am-3pm
4/9-10 – “Fort Games” 2-Day Event at Smallville Athletics
4/10 – Ward-Kraft Job Fair 9am-noon, 2221 Main St., under the white tent.
4/10 – Care to Share Rummage Sale Buck Run Community Center, open spots for more sales, call 620-224-8070 (donations accepted as well for the Sharing Bucket)
4/10 – Communities in Schools 25 Drive Event drive-thru donation event to benefit local youth, 9:30am-12:30pm, FSMS, click here for more details.
4/10 – FSCC Women’s Intercollegiate Golf Tournament Round Two! Begins at 9am Tee Time at Woodland Hills Gold Course.
4/10 – Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board Meeting City Hall, 10am.
4/12 – Spring Cleanup at Woodland Hills Golf Course Volunteers welcome, 5:30pm, to pick up any trash, limbs, sticks, etc.
4/13 – Downtown Quarterly Meet & Greet hosted by the Chamber at Common Ground Coffee Co., 12 E. Wall St., 8:30-9:30am, anyone with an interest in happenings Downtown welcome.
4/15 – Chamber Coffee hosted by Fort Scott Christian Heights School 1101 S. Barbee, 8am.
4/15-16 – Peerless Products Job Fair 2 Days, 2 Locations ~ April 15th @ Peerless in Nevada MO from 10am-2pm, April 16th @ Peerless in Fort Scott from 10am-2pm
4/16 – Downtown Spring Clean Event 3-6pm, Community volunteers welcome, contact Bailey Lyons, Chamber Downtown Division Chair, if interested in volunteering or you have project ideas, 620-224-7795.
4/16 – Kick-off of the Friday Night Concerts in the Park 7pm, Heritage Park Pavilion @ 1st & Main, bring a lawn chair.
4/16 – David Loving Live to the Stage @ Boiler Room Brewhaus 7-pm, click here for more info.
4/17 – Elks Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Community Fireworks 11am tee-off, 3-person scramble.
4/17 – EKTEC Rodeo 11am, Uniontown.
4/17 – Cruise for the Kids hosted by Walmart 12-3pm, click here for more info.
4/17-18 – Hollister Shooting Range open 1st & 3rd weekends Saturday 1-4pm, Sunday noon-5pm.
4/17 – Paint & Sip Party @ Boiler Room Brewhaus 6pm, click here for more info.
SAVE THE DATE!
THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH
CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER &
AWARDS CELEBRATION
CLICK HERE FOR INFO.!
MAY 7TH & 8TH
TOWN-WIDE GARAGE SALE
IN FORT SCOTT ~ WE ARE NOW
TAKING REGISTRATIONS!
SHOPPING ~ SUPPORT LOCAL!
Downtown Fort Scott is booming!
Click here for Chamber member
specialty shopping & other retail in
Downtown & other areas of the community.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
620-223-3566
In This Issue
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
FITNESS FOR EVERYONE IN FS!
Many fitness options are available…
SPIN classesnow offered bySmallville Athletics, every Mon & Wed at 5:15 pm, and Tu & Thurs at 6 pm. $5/class or $50/mo. unlimited.
Total Body Fitness ~ M & W Karen Reinbolt at BRCC@
8:15 am $20/8 week session.
Zumba~ M,W, F @ 6pm Monalynn Decker at BRCC $40 for a 12-week session.
Indoor Fitness/Gyms at
I AM Rehab + Fitness, Smallville Athletics, and Buck Run!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS!
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THANK YOU TO OUR CHAMBER BOOSTER MEMBERS!

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Family Swim Pass Application Due April 30

Swimming lessons at the Fort Scott Aquatic Center on July 10, 2018.

The Bourbon County Coalition is gearing up with its’ annual family swim pass program, according to Billie Jo Drake, president.

“The goal of the family swim pass program is to provide access to the Fort Scott Aquatic Center for qualifying low-income families,” she said. “The application process includes proof of income.”

Application forms are now available at The Beacon and Buck Run Community Center; completed forms must be returned to Buck Run by April 30.

Funding for this program is provided by The Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition Board, Key Charitable Trust, SEK Community Foundation, Fort Scott Area Community Foundation, the City of Fort Scott, and generous individuals.

The duration of the approved passes will be for the 2021 swimming season.

 

What’s Happening In Fort Scott: March 19 Edition

What’s Happening
in Fort Scott
MARCH 19th
Weekly Edition
UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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3/19 & – Karaoke Friday Nights at The Boiler Room Brewhaus! Experience or beginners, it does not matter! Let’s have some fun with music & drinks! Click here for their FB page.
Fort Scott Cinema Showtimes 3/19 thru 3/25 Now Raya and the Last Dragon, Tom & Jerry, Chaos Walking. Click here to view showtimes.
3/18 & 3/19- Livestock sale at the Fort Scott Livestock Market, both Friday & Saturday, click here for their FB page.
3/19- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, drive-thru only, order on arrival, or preorder by texting or calling Dale Cation at 620-224-8382, 5-6:30 pm, Kennedy Gym, min. $5 suggested donation per dinner. Last Friday
State your selection when ordering:
1 – Catfish, French fries, and coleslaw
2 – Catfish, cod, French fries, and coleslaw
3 – Cod, French fries, and coleslaw
3/19 thru 3/21- SPRING FLING! LOLLIPOP HOP & SHOP + SIDEWALK CHALK ART CONTEST!
Participating stores Downtown and around Fort Scott! Calling all artists of all ages! Come between March 19th & 21st in the Downtown Historic District or in front of another participating store & post to the Chamber Facebook Page “Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce” to be included in judging with using #fortscottshopart. Prizes for Novice & advanced Divisions, to be determined by judges! Shop Hop and get you a Lollipop from participating retailers (Poster displayed in Window) Clickhere to view the full details or visit our website at www.fortscott.com.
Participating Retailers: Angie Dawn’s Boutique, Barbed Wire & Vintage Market, Bids & Dibs, Hedgehog.INK! bookstore, Laree + Co, Iron Star Antique & Such, The Rainbow Unicorn Boutique, Star Emporium General Store, Treasure Hunt Flea Market
3/20 – Paint in the Park ~ Creative Signs comes to Gunn Park in Fort Scott for Paint Class. $25 (16 x 20) 1 am – 4 pm. 1010 Park Ave. Click hereto view FB Page.
3/20- Pickleball from 8-10 am at Memorial Hall, open to anyone wanting to play! Always check the FB Group page herefor any location changes or cancelations. Tuesdays 6-8pm, Thursdays 6-8pm & Saturdays 8-10am.
3/20 & 3/21 – Old Fort Sharp Shooters Club Hollister Shooting Range Open every 1st & 3rd weekend of each month1 to 5 pm. Visit their Facebook Page to learn more about the club and prices. Open to the Public. Click hereto view FB
3/20- Pickleball from 8-10 am at Memorial Hall, open to anyone wanting to play! Always check the FB Group page herefor any location changes or cancelations. Tuesdays 6-8pm, Thursdays 6-8pm & Saturdays 8-10am.
3/22 – SHARY’S PUB & GRUB OPEN INTERVIEWS! 16 N. National Ave. All Positions! Wait Staff, Bartenders, and Kitchen Staff Monday 2 – 4 pm.
3/23 – 3/25 KANSAS WORKS VIRTUAL JOB FAIR 3 Day Event. Register on-line.
3/24 FSCC Basketball @ Home vs. Labette Community College 7 pm to 9:30 pm
3/25- Chamber Coffee hosted by Chamber Nevada Regional Medical Center being held at Common Ground Coffee Co., Landing Room. 8 am 12 E. Wall. St. Please join us to welcome the New Chamber Members and meet a couple of their Staff Members and learn about the services they offer.
3/26 ~ FSCC Aggie Days
3/27 ~ Care to Share Garage Sale 8 am-Noon
3/27 ~ Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Gunn Park
10 am by the Kiwanis Club
3/27 ~ Spring Pop Up Event featuring Perry’s
Pork Rinds & Blue Spoon | Tractor Supply
from 10:30 am until 4 pm
3/27 ~ FSCC Basketball @ Home vs. Hesston
College 4 pm to 6:30 pm
3/27 ~ Bourbon County HPA Spring Program
TheComanche a Living History 6:30 -9:30 PM
at the Old Congregational Church
3/27 ~ Kansas Rocks Riding a Night of Fun
7 am until Midnight
3/22 thru 4/2- Art is Ageless Exhibit Fort Scott Presbyterian Village showing!
Seniors of the Fort Scott Community 65 + submitted art to be on display. Artists compete in nine categories, including painting, drawing, photography, quilting, and sculpture, and maybe designated as amateur or professional. Questions on viewing call 620.223.5550 and talk to Megan Brillhart. Located at 2401 S. Horton
SHOPPING ~ SUPPORT LOCAL!
Downtown Fort Scott is booming!
Click here for Chamber member
specialty shopping & other retail in
Downtown & other areas of the community.
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
620-223-3566
In This Issue
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.
FITNESS FOR EVERYONE IN FS!
Many fitness options are available…
SPIN classesnow offered bySmallville Athletics, every Mon & Wed at 5:15 pm, and Tu & Thurs at 6 pm. $5/class or $50/mo. unlimited.
Total Body Fitness ~ M & W Karen Reinbolt at BRCC@
8:15 am $20/8 week session.
Zumba~ M,W, F @ 6pm Monalynn Decker at BRCC $40 for a 12-week session.
Indoor Fitness/Gyms at
I AM Rehab + Fitness, Smallville Athletics, and Buck Run!
LOLLIPOP HOP & SHOP
+ SIDEWALK CHALK
ART CONTEST!
MARCH 19TH THRU 21ST
STORES DOWNTOWN
&
AROUND FORT SCOTT!
NEWS FROM KOMB FM!
KANSAS WORKS VIRTUAL JOB FAIR!
MARCH 23RD, 24TH & 25TH
REGISTER IN ADVANCE!
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE BOILER ROOM BREWHAUS!
Chamber Coffee Hosted on Thursday, March 25th at Common Ground Coffee Company at 8 am.

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Smallville Athletics Seeking Sponsors For Fort Games

Sending the email below on behalf of
Chamber Member
SMALLVILLE ATHLETICS
Thank you for your Chamber partnership!
HEY, LOCAL BUSINESSES! WE HAVE ROOM FOR TWO MORE TITLE SPONSORS!
Some of you may not be interested in a booth set up for the event but we are adding a banner wall for our title sponsors for the duration of the event.
This will have your logo and any information you want on a 11×17 poster for all our athletes (over 100) and spectators 200-300
(many from out of town) to see.
The cut-off is this Friday 03/19/20 as we are rolling fast into the event. Please get with Lindsey Watts or Katie Hueston for any questions or to get on our sponsor list to make this event happen!!
Call or Text 620-719-9602 or 620-768-9768
Contact us!
(620) 719-9602

FSCC Employee Fitness Center: Encouraging Healthy Living

The Fort Scott Community College Employee Fitness Center. Submitted photos.

Chelsea Yount, Fort Scott Community College Cheer Coach is also on the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.

 

Chelsea Yount, from FSCC website.

 

The college is one of the local employers working with the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team (HBCAT)to improve health in the community.

 

When the college realized grant money was available for an employee fitness center through HBCAT, “we sprang into action to create the opportunity for physical activity  (for employees) on campus,” Yount said. “We have about 150 plus employees.”

 

The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team Grant to FSCC for the project was for $12,500.

 

“Discussion of creating a fitness center for FSCC employees began in September of 2017 and the gym opened in February of 2019,” she said. “The FSCC Employee fitness center was designed to give employees 24/hr access to a facility that would encourage healthy living and a healthy workspace.”

 

Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology. From the school’s website.

 

The fitness center is located in the upper level of the Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology, just off Horton Street.

 

The center encourages employee users to wear face masks when using the facility for COVID-19 mitigation. Sanitary wipes and spray are available to clean the equipment following use, as well.

 

 

 

Free Entrance to Kansas State Parks on Black Friday 

 

 

PRATT – Swap the shopping centers for scenic views this Black Friday, as Kansas state parks will once again waive entrance fees as part of the nationwide #OptOutside initiative. All 28 of Kansas’ state parks are participating in an effort to get families and friends outdoors and enjoying nature.

 

On Friday, Nov. 27, state park visitors will have a chance to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin of their choice. To enter, visitors must simply take a selfie within the park and share it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the tags #OptOutside and #MyKsStatePark.

 

#OptOutside is the brainchild of outdoor retail giant REI, who in 2015 decided to close all 150-plus stores for a day and pay more than 13,000 employees to spend the day outside. It’s become a valued annual event for REI, state parks across America and the millions of people who’ve taken the day to grab some fresh air.

 

And this year’s event couldn’t have come at a better time.

 

“In the middle of everything, we have watched as people all over the world, some for the first time, looked to time outdoors to reflect, restore and connect with one another,” said Eric Artz, REI president and CEO. “We are focusing on what matters most.”

 

Earlier this year, Governor Laura Kelly encouraged Kansans to head to state parks for healthy recreation and relaxation – and thankfully, many have. As a result, Kansas State Parks director Linda Lanterman said attendance has been exceptionally high.

 

“We’re really proud that people could turn to Kansas state parks for hiking, cycling, camping, fishing and safely relaxing with loved ones out-of-doors,” said Lanterman. “Hopefully, #OptOutside will be a continuation of all of that with thousands taking advantage of what we have to offer, and at no cost.”

 

For more information on Kansas state parks, visit www.ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks.

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