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Rethink new cap on crowds at Sedgwick County Park

Sedgwick County officials think market rates and costs justify raising facilities fees at Lake Afton and Sedgwick County Park as of April 1. Though a hike of about 25 percent across the board to rent cabins and other shelters in public parks sounds steep, an increase may not be out of line after 10 years with no changes. But county leaders should rethink a new rule barring events at Sedgwick County Park with more than 5,000 attendees, which would put in doubt the long-term future of great traditions such as the Kansas Humane Society’s Woofstock and the Great Plains Renaissance Festival. In truth, the area’s quality of life could use more such opportunities to gather for fun and fundraising, not new rules putting public parks off-limits. – Rhonda Holman