City Commission Approves Private Dollars to Fund Parks and Recreaction Facilities Blog Local News 03/02/2017 Tweet Lawrence City Commission approved private dollars may now fund improvements to its parks and recreation facilities. Commissioners unanimously approved the parks and recreation sponsorship policy at a Tuesday meeting. Commissioner Matthew Herbert says he would rather use money from private entities before demanding more money from taxpayers. The sponsorship does not pertain to honorary naming or cover donations. The sponsorships can go toward supporting parks and recreation programs or smaller features, such as park shelters and benches. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is the most prominent of the sponsorships underway, as it is in the midst of a seven-year $50,000 sponsorship for the Sports Pavilion of Lawrence.