Arkalon-you guys need to get to work!

Arkalon-you guys need to get to work!

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Dan

United States

#1 Apr 3, 2013
I am very appalled at the shape of Arkalon Park. Over the past 3 years straight i have seen it go down hill in a big way.

The trails in the park are so over grown from years of no maintenance that 3 (yes 3!) of them are close to being lost all together. All of this due to lack of maintenance. Last year i was out there almost every day of the summer/fall and not once did i see a trail being maintained but i did see 3 city trucks with trailers and equipment and about 4 guys sitting around drinking soda from the pop machine.
Last year there was also a 5yo kid that got lost out there and the search took about 3 hours. They found him on an over grown trail-if that trail would have been maintained properly the search wouldn't have taken so long or the kid could have put it together to keep walking on the trail, which im sure he did then he walked into an overgrown portion, got scared, and stayed in place.

I was written a warning for having a small cooking fire INSIDE A FIRE RING even though it has been raining and WAS RAINING when it was given to me. The officer stated a city ordinance. Hmm, Liberal passing yet another ordinance and not properly warning the public.......nothing new there. There wasnt even any signs posted and besides that Meade has their fire danger at "low" and i have checked on NOAA and there is no burn bans and no warnings/advisories. Needless to say-if i cant have a small fire inside a metal fire ring while it is raining and there is no warnings/advisories, well, ill just spend my money at Meade or just go to Clark but i really shouldn't be forced to!

Lastly- Why oh why is this place closed in the winter? I can understand closing the ponds because they are now owned by the state but closing off the entire park is a bit much in my opinion. Before i moved to this area i lived right next to some of the greatest outdoors activities that a person could do. I use to hike, cross country ski and trail run every season of the year and would LOVE to be able to do that out here and Arkalon is perfect for it in the winter but it's closed and i really cant understand why. Its the closest thing to liberal for this type of stuff but as soon as winter hits, well, your cross country couch surfing in your living room. I don't like it. Is there any possible way we can have it open for a couple winters and try it out at the very least?
jessica

Moscow, KS

#2 Sep 23, 2013
Im just letting you know that as of May my parents have been the camp hosts...u can have your fires the camp is green now. They are doing the jobs the other camp hosts didnt want to do...the nature trails have not been over grown anymore..i have walked them several times this year with my kids...i do not care for the camp hosts they had up here from texas..if my grandpa Dean Blagrave was still alive they would have been gone a long time ago...so just go out and see what its like now....its beautiful! And if u like the camp hosts that are covering now please make sure u go and tell that to Debbie Giskie down at city :) because they are doing a great job!
Don

Wichita, KS

#3 Sep 25, 2013
What about getting this place open for the winter? Just shut the water off so stuff wont freeze and break and it should be good. A little winter fishing would be nice without having to drive so far.
jessica

Moscow, KS

#4 Sep 29, 2013
As far back as i remember its never been open in winter...thats something that you can bring up to debbie down at the city i doubt she sees anything on this page... If you have a facebook page i highly recommend that you go like the page Friends of arkalon park there are lots of pictures of the park...gerald mann and bruce mcphail take great pics and post them on that page....but like i said if u have any questions or concerns im sure debbie would listen and answer more of your questions :)
Liberal Kansan

Liberal, KS

#5 May 21, 2015
Just went to Arkalon today and I am pleased to report that the park looks beautiful. Currently the wild flowers are out in full force. I saw a gentleman working on a graded road, fixing ruts. We are very excited to see such a lovely wildlife park so close to LK.

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