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