Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Buford M. Watson Jr. Park
Buford M. Watson, Jr. was Lawrence City Manager for nearly 20 years until his untimely death on October 25, 1989. During his tenure, accomplishments included the beautification and revitalization of the downtown, numerous public parks and recreation centers, municipal airport, business and research parks, and the new City Hall and Riverfront Plaza.
Watson was highly respected for his dedication and professionalism and in 1986-87 served as president of the International City/County Management Association. He also received numerous state and national recognitions for his leadership and active and visionary dedication in promoting better local government.
Buford M. Watson, Jr. Park, originally known as Central park, was officially changed by City Commission Proclamation on January 23, 1990, in recognition of Watson's vision for the future and for his love of the City of Lawrence and its citizens.
"A man is never gone as long as there are those who remember him with fondness...as long as his memory evokes a wistful smile."
Sculpture by Tom Wilkerson, 2003
Erected by City of Lawrence.
Location. 38° 58.302′ N, 95° 14.316′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrence KS 66044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Fe Steam Locomotive 1073 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lawrence (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Pinckney Neighborhood (about 600 feet away); Free State Hotel (about 700 feet away); Anderson Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Brown and the Siege of Lawrence, September 14-15, 1856 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); 700-702 Massachusetts Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . .
1. Buford M. Watson Jr. Bio. (Submitted on September 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. (Submitted on September 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 222 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.