The Derby Recreation Commission believed they had the recipe for success when opening the Oaklawn Activities Center. As patrons have trailed off, partially due to a pandemic and financial hardship, the DRC staff was hit with the hard reality that an assessment was needed to understand the needs and values of the Oaklawn community.
Enter the Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University, who stepped in to conduct six months of research on Oaklawn and developed a strategic plan recommendation for the DRC. The research and results were presented at the DRC Board Retreat on July 25. It looked into a wide array of information about the Oaklawn community, including employment, diversity and socioeconomic status.