Saturday, September 16, 2006

Leawood moves ahead with Gezer Park

(Kansas City Jewish Chronicle)


Leawood's Gezer Park, named in honor of the suburb's Sister-City relationship with the Gezer Region of Israel, is getting closer to becoming a reality. The park's design should be completed soon, and construction could begin as early as this fall. The park will be located on the east side of Mission Road at 133rd Street and was approved by the city in December 2004.
Scott Lambers, Leawood city administrator, said he hopes construction will be complete by late 2007 or early 2008.


Lambers and Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn took pictures of the future parkland to show Gezer officials when they visited Israel in September 2005.
In her state of the city address earlier this year, Mayor Dunn said the Leawood delegation was "overwhelmed by the genuine hospitality we received and the strong bonds of friendship that were formed with the mayor, council members and the gracious people in the Gezer Region."
During her speech, Dunn reported that the Gezer Regional Council is giving Leawood an 8-foot sculpture replica of the ancient Gezer calendar tablet to be placed in the park. The tablet contains an agricultural calendar that has been dated to 1,000 B.C.E. and is considered the first harvest record. It will be placed near the park's entryway.

You can see a photo of the original Gezer Calendar here.

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