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Old 07-29-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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What's it going to take to get some fun in this town?
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July 26, 2011 6:50 PM

I would like to say how much I love this town. It is a great place to raise a family and enjoy the small-town life, but I do have a few concerns.

Our town has absolutely nothing to do for fun for families. We have a small bowling alley that is only open two days a week, a very small family arcade, two swimming pools with nothing to offer but just that — a pool, and city parks which are very nice.

I do not, however, understand why a community like ours doesn’t have a community center or a small water park. My husband and I, who both work and pay taxes in Sedalia, drive our kids to either Warrensburg or Boonville where they have an amazing water park, pool or community center. With Sedalia being a somewhat large tourist attraction with the Missouri State Fairgrounds here, I don’t see why we can’t have more.

I work at the front desk of a local hotel and I know from talking with families that travel here they are very bored while they are here. Most say they would rather stay miles away and drive back and forth to where there is more to do for their children.

Sedalia has a large amount of revenue I am sure, and I just would like to see more for our town so we don’t have to spend our money outside of Sedalia.

Melissa Heuerman
Guest services agent
Sedalia


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Old 07-29-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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Jeez, its a wonder my kids haven't combusted in boredom yet. Every day we get up and tend the garden, feed the animals, read, and play in the back yard... clearly I'm not entertaining them enough...
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Rolla, Phelps County, Ozarks, Missouri
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I do not, however, understand why a community like ours doesnít have a community center or a small water park. My husband and I, who both work and pay taxes in Sedalia, drive our kids to either Warrensburg or Boonville where they have an amazing water park, pool or community center. With Sedalia being a somewhat large tourist attraction with the Missouri State Fairgrounds here, I donít see why we canít have more.
I suggest you go to your next city council meeting and encourage them to raise taxes to build a community center and/or a small water park, if that is what you want. If you can persuade them to put it on the ballot, then you can start campaigning to get people to pay slightly higher taxes so your kids can go to a water park. We did it in Rolla and built The Centre, which has an indoor pool, an indoor track, a fitness center, meeting rooms. Now that the bonds have been paid off and the tax is set to end in 2013, I'm not sure how it's going to continue to fund itself. Maybe they'll raise the rates to join it. I've never been able to afford both the taxes and the membership fee, so I don't go there.

But it sounds like that's the kind of thing your community needs, so the ball is in your court. Complaining on city-data isn't going to help. You've got to persuade the taxpayers. Keep us informed about your campaign.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Yes, the internet is a faceless forum for changing the... well, face of your town. Get a petition going, design a proposal "business plan" and use some shoe leather (or rubber, depending where you buy your shoes..) and present it at a city council meeting.

If I were a mayor, I couldn't possibly open a meeting and say: "well, this person on the internet who says they live here and work in one of the hotels says we should build a water park. Her qualifications as an economist and a community planner seem sound, lets do what she says!"
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Find some hobbies that the whole family can share. You don't need someone or something else to create fun for you. Plus, it is cheaper if you come up with your own entertainment!

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Yes, the internet is a faceless forum for changing the... well, face of your town. Get a petition going, design a proposal "business plan" and use some shoe leather (or rubber, depending where you buy your shoes..) and present it at a city council meeting.

If I were a mayor, I couldn't possibly open a meeting and say: "well, this person on the internet who says they live here and work in one of the hotels says we should build a water park. Her qualifications as an economist and a community planner seem sound, lets do what she says!"
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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I grew up in Sedalia, but haven't lived there since the early 1980s. Some of my friends and I would call it Sedated Misery. I also used to work at the front desk of a hotel (it was the Ramada Inn - I think it's called Truman Inn now or something). There used to be a bowling alley on Broadway (just west of Limit) that was open 7 days a week. There also used to be a water slide on the west side of town in an abandoned rock quarry. For school age kids there used to be Little League baseball and football, Khoury League soccer and softball. I lived near Horace Mann at 16th & Park, which would have an occasional carnival for students and parents.

From what I've seen of Sedalia on Google Maps, the Fox Theater has been closed for some time, the Drive-In theater was destroyed in a tornado in, I think, 1977. Does the State Fair Cinema still exist? Liberty Park used to have a small train for kids.

Try to organize some activities that could get families involved.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:13 AM
 
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I live in the next town over from you in Johnson Co. I wasn't aware Sedalia was that boring...well it might not pale in comparison to KC but it has more going for it than Knob Noster or Whiteman. I was pretty sure you had a water park there, not quite as good as Warrensburg but not that bad...? I also noticed you have a putt putt course with a Go Kart track.

I just wished there was a drag strip in Sedalia since KCIR closed.
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