Official Communications from the Town of Lyons

LaVern Johnson Park Policy Changes

A Joint Statement from Mayor Sullivan and Sergeant Crist Regarding Policy Changes in LaVern Johnson Park


The Town of Lyons is a welcoming destination for visitors from across the state wishing to enjoy our unique and beautiful parks. We greatly appreciate the economic support visitors bring to our community by spending money on camping and parking; and by shopping and dining in our local businesses. On some days (particularly holidays) however, there is the potential for our parks to become crowded to the extent that safety issues may arise. The crowding in LaVern Johnson Park over the July 4th holiday was to the point where first responders had concerns about their ability to address an emergency should one unfortunately occur. In addition to enforcing existing regulations, we feel it is prudent to trial several new guidelines to ensure that residents, and visitors to our town continue to have a safe and positive experience when they visit our parks. Beginning this weekend, the following efforts to limit over-crowding will be applied in LaVern Johnson Park:
  • The park will be considered “Full” when all the parking spaces are taken.
  • Visitors (in vehicles or on foot) toting coolers will not be allowed to enter the park once the “Park Full” sign is posted and will be encouraged to utilize Bohn Park instead.
  • (Visitors directed to Bohn Park will be informed of the need to use the paid parking lot on Second Avenue.)
  • Visitors without coolers may enter the park on foot for purposes of accessing the river, jogging, walking dogs, etc., when the “Park Full” sign is posted. 
  • Cars will not be allowed to idle in access lanes to ensure emergency vehicles can get into the park.
  • The town will pilot a “pack-in/pack-out” policy for trash. 


By instituting capacity limits in LaVern Johnson Park, the staff and Sheriff deputies feel they can better serve park visitors. The town staff will be meeting to re-assess the success/impact of these guidelines, and to discuss additional strategies for managing residential parking issues in the coming weeks. Residents are encouraged to notify the Sheriff using the non-emergency phone number if they experience cars blocking their driveway. On behalf of the town, we appreciate the continued cooperation and patience shown by residents and visitors with the evolving management plans for our unique park system.


Temporary Splash Pad and Zipline Closures

The LaVern M. Johnson Park features are closed until further notice


The splash pad and zipline features at LaVern M. Johnson Park are temporarily closed, while they undergo repairs. The Town estimates a timeline of about one month for the splash pad repair, and between two to three weeks for the zipline. 


Town Hall Art Show: Summer Show

Spring Show Pick-up: July 13

Summer Show Drop-off: July 20


Calling all artists! Be a part of the 2018 Lyons' Town Hall Art Shows, themed "Four Seasons"! Art of all mediums are invited to be displayed in the Shirley F. Johnson Council Chambers for a quarter. Reservations are not required. To participate, bring artwork, in accordance with the quarter theme, to Lyons Town Hall on the Friday before the show opening (schedule below), and join the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission, along with fellow artists, for the opening reception on the following Saturday. Please prepare placards for each piece that include the artist's name, title, medium, size, price (or note if the piece is not for sale), and contact information.

Please note date changes:

Spring Show Pick-up (currently hanging): Friday, July 13, between 4 and 7 p.m. at Lyons Town Hall.

Deliver Summer-y hangable creations & placards on Friday, July 20, between 4 and 7 p.m. at Lyons Town Hall.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Community show opening tapas potluck & Mandolin Jam Circle in the Courtyard at Town Hall!

Displayed from July 21 through October 5.
Summer Town Hall Art Show

Lyons Regional Library District Fundraiser, July 12 

There will not be a Sandstone Summer Concert on July 12


On Thursday, July 12, Hazel Miller & Her Big Band takes the stage at Planet Bluegrass, for a Lyons Regional Library District Foundation fundraiser. The evening will include food samplings from local restaurants, such as La Mariposa, Mojo Taqueria, Oskar Blues, Pizza Bar 66, A Spice of Life, Bella La Crema, Smokin' Daves, the Snack Bar, and more!
General admission is $55 per person. 

Learn more, and get your tickets today!

Please note, there will not be a Sandstone Concert on July 12.

Taste of Lyons with a Splash of Blues: Hazel Miller & Her Big Band >>


Recycling Center Moving to 2nd Avenue

Anticipated to move by the week of July 23


Due to construction for library, the Town and associated partners have begun preparation for relocating the recycling center (4th Ave. and Railroad) to the south side of the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) center (198 2nd Ave.). Construction for the new ADA-accessible facility is well underway; the Town estimates the move to be complete by the week of July 23. 

The Town does not anticipate any lapse in availability in single-stream recycling* between locations - recycling will remain available at its current location, and a new dumpster will be replaced at the new site, upon its completion. 

*The availability and schedule of the cardboard-specific bin may vary during the relocation period. Updates will be sent as information is received. 



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