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Naftzger Park

​Naftzger Park to be redesigned as urban space event park.

Naftzger Park is a roughly one-acre park in Downtown Wichita.

The current park configuration includes a portion that lies on private property. The private property has notified the City of their intent to develop their land and and a request straighten out the existing property boundary. This re-alignment will allow for improved development of the private parcel as well as an improved park design.

The park is located at the southeast corner of Douglas and St. Francis and is a gateway to Intrust Bank Arena. Redesign of the park will allow for an open, porous, park that allows the free flow of event goers as well as open space for events before and after events or throughout the week.

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Aerial of Naftzger Park - facing south.

On Thursday, May 10, City of Wichita officials announced that public and private improvements related to the historic Naftzger Park area will start with the closing of the downtown park on May 21.

The park area public improvements are a centerpiece for pedestrian-friendly enhancements along Douglas, connecting the Old Town and Intrust Bank Arena entertainment districts. Within the next year, the Douglas corridor will see the completion of the new headquarters for Cargill Protein Group, the Union Station redevelopment, the Douglas Street railroad underpass, the Spaghetti Works mixed-use development, and the Hilton Garden Inn. The capital investment for the public-private improvements top $125 million.

"The renovated park will connect downtown destinations," Mayor Jeff Longwell said during his weekly news conference. "It will be a gathering space for residents, businesses and visitors."

The City has coordinated with the developer and the national architecture firm SWA Balsley (SWAB) to plan the redesign of Naftzger Park into a 21st century park. The team hosted a public forum on July 27 and 28 to seek input from the public. The forum sought to understand what the public likes and dislikes about the existing park as well as seek input on what they would like to see and not see in a new park.

Please email us at wichitaparkandrec@wichita.gov and give us your input.

Below is the conceptual design of the park's new improvements.

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​Financing

The City plans to finance the improvements for Naftzger Park via $1,500,000 in Tax Increment Financing. The proposed adjacent development is expected to generate an increase in property taxes at a level to pay for the $1,500,000 in improvements.

The TIF district allows for improvements within Nafzger Park and these improvements are further limited to City infrastructure and park improvements. These funds cannot be used elsewhere in the City and the City investment will not occur unless development occurs on the adjacent site.

Although the City has had intentions to eventually update the park, the goal has been to wait for development that would support and complement a new park.

The Park lies within Project Area 11 of the Center City South TIF District. Increased property taxes generated by private investment in the property in blue, outside of Naftzger Park, will be used to finance the park improvements.