TOPEKA (WIBW)– Change could be coming to some historical buildings at Lake Shawnee, but not everyone is happy.
Shawnee County Parks and Rec Director John Knight held a public engagement meeting Monday, to discuss preserving the historic Lake Shawnee Bathhouse.
The building was built in the 30’s and has served a lot of purposes around Lake Shawnee. Currently, the space is being used by a rowing club.
Knight wants to use left over funds the county has to go towards numerous projects around Lake Shawnee and one of those projects would be the bathhouse.
He sees the building being turned into an event center for graduations and weddings, but the rowing club wants to keep the space as their own.
Knight says a hand full of rowers can’t compete with the revenue banquets and weddings bring in.
"Once they’re gone they’re gone!" Knight said. "As one of the people said, there’s a lot of federal dollars and state dollars that can go into fixing and rehabbing to make sure we still have some these historical buildings. This is one of the original buildings here at Lake Shawnee, built in the 30’s and for me it would be a shame for it to go away."
There’s no time line when a decision will be made on the Lake Shawnee Bathhouse project.