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New Outdoor Basketball Court at Tobias Park in Lyons


By USD 405

LYONS, Kan. — The Lyons community now has a regulation full-court outdoor basketball court. The City of Lyons, USD 405, and the Lyons Recreation Commission collaborated on the project to build the court, which is located in the middle of Tobias Park, adjacent to the city swimming pool.

Thanks to the City of Lyons and the generosity of multiple individuals and businesses who donated funds, expertise, and labor, and to the South Central Community Foundation for a $1,000 grant, Lyons children and adults will be able to enjoy the court for years to come.

Former LHS boys’ basketball coach and LHS alum Brian Friess was instrumental in raising funds for the project and has been excited to see the idea become a reality. Coach Friess said, “This court will be great for the town of Lyons. We appreciate the monetary donations from LHS alums and local businesses, along with the labor supplied by so many local people.”

Former LHS girls’ basketball coach BJ Smith added, “I am grateful for the community’s support, giving our kids a chance to play basketball!”

City of Lyons Parks Superintendent Matt Detmer was also happy to see the project completed. He worked with the City of Lyons for approval of the majority of the funding and credits the City Council and Mayor for their support.

USD 405 Superintendent Bill Day echoes the statement of Coach Friess, “I am so happy to see a regulation outdoor court installed in the community. This will be of great benefit now for people simply wanting to play a game or just shoot around, and in the future, as it will undoubtedly help develop future talent.”