Sculpture vandalized in Old Town
The Wichita Police Department is investig...
City of Wichita Closures for New Year’s Day
In observance of New Year’s Day, the following City of Wichita facilities will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1:
- City Hall, 455 N. Main
- Neighborhood City Halls
- Park and Recreation Centers
- Old Cowtown Museum<...
Santa Scheduled to Arrive at Airport
Unnamed sources report that Santa Claus will be at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 22 - 24. The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, reports that Santa’s schedule at ICT will be:
- Sunday, December 22, 12:00 pm ...
2015 Arts Funding Grants
Applications now being accepted by City of Wichita
Applications for the City of Wichita’s 2015 Arts Funding Grants are now available to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. Applications are posted o...
Winter Break Art Camps
CityArts has creative activities for youth over school break
CityArts is offering eight Winter Break Art Camps for youth ages 6-15 starting Monday, Dec 30 through Friday, Jan. 3. Each camp focuses on a different artistic theme....
Free Transit Service for Kansas State vs. Gonzaga
Wichita Transit will provide free shuttle bus service to the Kansas State University vs. Gonzaga University basketball game on Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.
Attendees may park at Lawrence Dumont Stadium and ride free trolleys to the arena beg...
Crews Preparing for Winter Storm
City of Wichita crews have been applying liquid brine to Wichita roadways in preparation for the forecasted winter storm. Additional treatment will be applied throughout the weekend and as road conditions warrant.
City officials say 50 trucks w...
Letters to Santa Project
Nearly 1,000 letters collected by City and its partners
Eight-year-old Taryn Cross is the grand prize winner in this...
Mayor Brewer Statement to COW Employees
I have just returned from a trip to China to encourage trade and cultivate business relationships for our community – a community of which I am very proud. That prides also extends to our City of Wichita employees.
Media Advisory: Letters to Santa
City of Wichita staff will be at Starkey, Inc. at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Dec. 18, to announce results of this year’s Letters to Santa Project as well as introduce media to the “elves” who are making sure every child gets a response from Santa Claus. Stark...
Winter Art Workshops
Be creative this holiday season at CityArts
Give yourself an early holiday...
Christmas Carolers at Mid-Continent Airport
Several vocal and instrumental groups from area schools and churches will be entertaining travelers at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport beginning December 10 through December 19 with the sounds of the Christmas season. The schedule of performances is a...
City Seeks Public Input on O.J. Watson Park
Help shape the future of Wichita Parks
City of Wichita officials are asking residents to help identify ways to plan for the future of O.J. Watson Park. Wichita Park & Recreation will be hosting a co...
Mayor Brewer on Nelson Mandela
“The people of South Africa and the world have lost a great elder statesman and champion of human rights. Nelson Mandela inspired me as a young and aspiring community leader. He embodied unsurpassed courage and commitment to equality. He was not broken by...
MYC Community Service Event
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) will participate in a community service event on Saturday at five different locations.
During an event titled “Young Leaders Across Wichita,” MYC members and other area youth will volunteer fr...
Holiday Transit Service A Success
Wichita Transit ridership increased significantly on Friday, Nov. 29, when public bus rides were free as a way to support riders on Black Friday, one of the busiest retail days of the year.
“It was successful beyond expectat...
Letters to Santa
One week left for children to drop off letters
The deadline is fast appro...
City to Host “A Night with Santa”
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita City Council members will host the annual “A Night with Santa” holiday event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. The event is free; do...
WFD Still Investigating Fatal Home Fire
Wichita Fire Department officials say a fatal fire on Tuesday at 644 N. Goebel was not caused by a failure of the home’s electrical system. More details on the cause of the fire may be released early next week. Fire Investigators continue to collec...
WPD, Public Works & Utilities Team Up To Reduce Thefts
The Wichita Police and Public Works & Utilities departments are working together to reduce property thefts over the holiday season. Crews will be placing portable message signs, similar to construction zone signs, near east and west Wichita shopp...
Holiday Shopping Safety Reminder
The Wichita Police Department (WPD) is warning shoppers to guard their personal belongings due to a recent increase in thefts from shopping carts. The incidents have taken place across the city and surrounding areas. Thieves are targeting purses, wa...
Christmas at Cowtown
Annual events bring past holiday traditions to life
Nowhere else but Old ...
City Launches Water Bill Assistance Program
City of Wichita officials have launched a program that encourages residents to help those who are struggling to pay their water bills. The program is called the “H2O (Help to Others) Care Fund”. Donation forms are in brochures currently being delivered...
Ride Wichita Transit for Free on Friday
Wichita Transit is offering free service all day on Friday - the day after Thanksgiving. The day will also mark the first time in recent years the public transit service has operated the day after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally one of the busie...
City of Wichita Thanksgiving Closures
In observance of Thanksgiving Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. This includes City Hall, Neighborhood City Halls, Park and Recreation Centers, Cowtown, CityArts, Watson Park, Mid-America All-Indian...
WFD: “Cook with Caution!”
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Wichita Fire Department (WFD) is reminding residents that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Following are safety tips to help prevent these fires.
City Winter Storm Response
City of Wichita crews are applying a salt and sand mix to Wichita streets in advance of the forecasted winter storm, City officials said during a Thursday afternoon news briefing. Portions of the expressways and bridges are being treated now, in adva...
TSA and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Offer Holiday Travel Tips
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) will hold a media availability on Thursday, Nov. 21 to offer holiday travel tips. This year, eligible passengers flying from ICT and about 100 other airports aro...
New destination for unique artwork, gifts opens Nov. 23
The public is invited to the grand opening of the new CityArts Bout...
Wichita Airfares Drop Second Quarter
Airfares at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) dropped 3.6% during the second quarter of 2013 compared with a year ago, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The average second quarter fare at ICT was $396.30, a 32% decrease from 20...
Wichita STEM Competition Finalist
Wichita has been named a finalist for the coveted US2020 City Competition, one of 13 cities chosen out of 52 applicants nationwide to bolster STEM mentorship for underrepresented students. The accomplishment recognizes that Wichita may be the best ci...
T-Shirt Design Contest
CityArts giving artists chance to create its 2014 T-shirt
CityArts has launched a new T-Shirt Design Contest to find...
Closures for Veterans Day
In observance of the Veterans Day Holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Monday, Nov. 11. This includes City Hall, Park Recreation Centers, Neighborhood City Halls, CityArts, Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Botanica, Watso...
Mayor, Council to attend NLC conference
National League of Cities convenes Nov. 13-16 in Seattle
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and five members of the Wichita City Council will travel to Seattle, WA, next week for the National...
Updated: Tips for Parking at Airport
Construction progresses, travelers reminded to plan ahead
As construction progresses on the parking garage and rental car center at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, off...
Change Clocks, Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries
The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) is reminding residents to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries this weekend as Daylight Savings Time reverts to Central Standard Time. Clocks should be set back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.
Santa Letters Wanted
Gift giveaway part of annual project to spread holiday cheer
The City of ...
Final Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday
The final Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 30, carrying 16 World War II and 26 Korean veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 7:50 a.m. on South...
Airport Construction Alert, Delays Possible
New Airport Terminal and Parking Garage construction projects taking place this week could cause delays and affect vehicular traffic near the Wichita Mid-Continent terminal building.
Beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 29, passengers are encouraged to ...
Wichita Transit Public Meetings
Wichita Transit will hold public meetings seeking input for planned west side service improvements. The meetings will be held:
- 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Wichita Transit Center, 214 S. Topeka
- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. o...
Airport Wins Coveted Sustainability Award
The Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Sustainability Program has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Airports Going Green Award. The prestigious award recognizes the value of the airport’s environmental and conservation efforts, as well as outstanding...
Positive results from Mayor’s return trip to China
International recognition of Air Capital of the World
Wichita is poised to become a major player in the future of aviation in China, a development that will solidify its status as “The Air Capital of th...
Wichita Transit will provide free Q-Line shuttle service to the Oklahoma City Thunder /Chicago Bulls NBA game on Wednesday October, 23, at the INTRUST Bank Arena.
The public can park at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and ride the Q...
‘From Native Hands’
New Indian Center exhibit showcases vintage toys
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is celebrating the opening of its...
Halloween at Cowtown
Nighttime trick-or-treating scheduled for Oct. 26
What goes bump in the night at Old...
Boots & Daisy Dukes
5K run scheduled for this Saturday at Cowtown
Grab your running shoes and ...
Mayor Brewer schedules trade visit to China
Mayor Carl Brewer returns to China next week for the opening of the Wichita-China Aviation Office in support of expanded trade opportunities for the Wichita aviation industry.
The opening of the Aviation Office is part of the Global Air Capital...
ICT Announces Rewards Program
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) announced today it will launch a new customer rewards program based on travelers’ purchases at the airport.
Travelers participating in the rewards program are eligible to earn frequent fly...
WPD, FBI Investigating Website Hacking Case
City of Wichita officials on Tuesday said they are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies to investigate the hacking of the City’s electronic procurement website.
The e-procurement website, one of 14...
Officials: A City Website Hacked
City of Wichita officials late Monday said a City website was hacked, possibly compromising the private financial information of vendors that have done business with the City and current or former employees who have been reimbursed for travel and oth...
ACT ICT to Gather Citizen Input
Groups Urged to Schedule Meetings
The City of Wichita is launching ACT ICT, a process that provides an opportunity for any group in the community to host a meeting where individuals will provide input i...
O.J. Watson Park Steering Committee
Now Accepting Applications
The Wichita Park Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for the O.J. Watson Park Steering committee. The 11-member committee will assis...
Fire Prevention Week Focus: Kitchen Fires
It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Wichita Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to prevent kitchen fires.
Historic Preservation Public Meeting
The Wichita City Council will hold a public forum regarding historic preservation statutes at 10 a.m. on October 15 in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Residents are invited to attend ...
Vintage Base Ball Tournament
Annual event scheduled for Oct. 5-6 at Cowtown
The Fifth Annual Kansas State Vintage Base Ball Tournament will be held Oct. 5-6 at Old Cowtown Museum. Five teams from throughout Kansas will be competing for the state title u...
Jury Verdict Favors WPD Officer
In the Federal District Court of Kansas today, Sept. 17, a jury rendered a verdict in favor of a Wichita Police Officer who was alleged to have used excessive force.
In Rowana Riggs vs. Christian Cory, a federal civil rights...
City Purchasing Division Wins National Award
The City of Wichita Purchasing Division has won the National Purchasing Institute’s annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2013.
The award is given to organizations that demonstrate excellence in the proc...
One of the first Airbus A319 aircraft in the American Airlines fleet will make its debut arrival at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport between 10:30 and 11:10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16.
The crew will be greeted by employees from t...
Wichita Pedestrian Master Plan Open House
City of Wichita officials are asking residents to help identify ways to make it safer and easier to walk in Wichita. To encourage public input, City officials are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 at City Hall, 455...
Honor Flight Returns Friday
A Kansas Honor Flight will return to Mid-Continent airport at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. The media and public are invited to greet the 25 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans who left Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday on the all-ex...
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus vehicles, equipment, and miscellaneous items. The online auction closes at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Items include cars, trucks, trailers, skid steers, miscellaneous equipment, ...
City of Wichita Labor Day Closures
In observance of Labor Day, City of Wichita facilities will close Monday, Sept. 2. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation facilities, the Animal Shelter, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II Administrative Offices, Old Cow...
City-County Agency to Discuss Disabled Parking
The Wichita /Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board (WSCAAB) will be hosting a presentation for a smartphone application which can be used to report disabled parking violations. The presentation will occur during the Board’s monthly meeting, which wi...
Annual Conference Focuses on Water
The Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) and the Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association (KSAWWA) are holding their fifth annual joint conference today through Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. More than 500 water industry ...
CityArts to host Kids Art-A-Palooza Saturday
CityArts will host Kids Art-A-Palooza 2013 from 1...
Arkansas River: Boat Passage Closed
The gates of the Lincoln Street Dam on the Arkansas River will be raised this afternoon following the recent high waters. However, the newly constructed boat passage will be closed until further notice to permit the inspection and repair of the east...
WaterWalk Fountains to Resume Regular Hours
The Fountains at WaterWalk attraction is resuming its regular summer/fall schedule beginning today, Aug. 14. Three shows will take place at 12:30, 8 and 9 p.m. daily through the end of October. The Fountains at WaterWalk are located at 605 N. Wichita...
Dog Days of Summer Event
Dogs are invited to try wading, paddling, swimming, or diving during the annual “Dog Days of Summer” scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 at College Hill Pool, 304 S. Circle Dr.
The event, sponsored by the Kansas Hu...
Drought Ends, Conservation Efforts Continue
The drought that threatened the area’s water supply the two past summers and heightened conservation efforts is officially over, City of Wichita officials announced on Friday.
Cheney Lake, the city’s primary water source, r...
August arts & crafts classes scheduled
The Mid-America All-Indian Center hosts a variety of classes each month that give people from around the area the opportunity to make thei...
Two public meetings scheduled to get input from residents
City officials today announced the addition of a second public meeting to get community input about street closures connected to walks, runs and marathons. Meetings will...
City requests input from residents about street closures
The City of Wichita is hosting a public meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 in Room 101B at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center to get community input ...
Ring of Fire at Keeper of the Plains Suspended
The fire feature at the Keeper of the Plains will not be operated until the water level in the Arkansas River recedes. Recent rains have caused the river to rise to a level that makes it unsafe to operate the cauldrons.
City Pilots Road Surface Treatments
The Wichita Public Works & Utilities Department initiated one of several experimental cape seal road maintenance projects last Friday on N. Tyler Rd., from Central to 13th. The treatment includes an initial application of a chip seal, followed s...
Taylor Swift Shuttle Stop at Exploration Place
Wichita Transit will provide free shuttle service on Aug. 6 to the Taylor Swift concert at INTRUST Bank Arena. Due to the NBC Baseball Tournament at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, the only shuttle stop...
American Indian Festival
Film contest winner to be announced July 28
The Mid-America All-Indian Center will announce the first, second and third place winners of the American Indian Festival Film Contest and host a screening of all entries at 2 p.m. on...
Second Social Media Town Hall Tonight
City of Wichita officials will host a second social media town hall budget meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. today in Training Room II on the 9th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main. Media are invited.
The City’s second social media town hall comes ...
Wednesday Honor Flight Pays Tribute to Veterans
A Kansas Honor Flight will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, July 17, carrying 23 World War II veterans, one Korean War veteran, and one Vietnam veteran to Washington, DC. It will mark the fourth such flight this year.
Wichita Flight Festival
Poster contest winner announced
City officials today unveiled the winning artwork for the 2013 ...
2013 Wichita Flight Festival poster unveiling on Monday
The winner of the 2013 Wichita Flight Festival poster contest will be announced at noon on Monday, July 15 in the Commons area at the National Ce...
South Broadway Near Mt. Vernon Reopens
All lanes on South Broadway are now open, following a temporary closure earlier in the week. Crews reopened Broadway near Mt. Vernon late this morning. The road was closed after a water main break on Tuesday made all four lanes impassible. ...
Main Break Temporarily Closes South Broadway
Part of Broadway near Mt. Vernon is temporarily closed after a water main burst and damaged the road earlier today, June 9, according to Public Works & Utilities officials.
The main break buckled pavement across all four lanes of Broadway,...
ICT Comedy Live
Stand-up comedy show at Cowtown this Friday
Old Cowtown Museum will present ICT Comedy Live at 8 p.m., Friday, July 12 in Empire House Theater. The show marks the debut of stand-up comedy...
City Housing Closes Friday, Furloughs Workers
The City of Wichita Housing and Community Services officials announced today that employees in the department will be furloughed on Friday, July 5 due to automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester.
The automatic federal budget cuts, a...
American Indian Festival
Community invited to two-day cultural celebration
The Mid-America All-Indian Center will host its 3rd Annual American Indian Festival July 13-14 at Century II Expo Hall. Activities includ...
Every Drop Makes An Impact
City of Wichita officials on Wednesday announced the start of a revamped water conservation program, Every Drop Makes An Impact. The purpose of the program is to increase awareness of water supply challenges and provide residents with the tools they n...
Storm Cleanup Update
Public Works & Utilities officials provided an update on cleanup efforts from last week’s wind storm during a Tuesday morning briefing at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
City officials reminded residents that City crews will pick up broken ...
City of Wichita Closures for July 4th
In observance of the July 4th holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4th. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Botanica, Cowtown, the Wichita ...
City Storm Cleanup Response
Public Works & Utilities crews are currently clearing tree limbs and debris that fell into streets and onto public property during the Thursday night wind storm.
City crews will not pick up debris from private property owners. Priv...
New Multi-Use Pathway Honors Phil Lambke
A pathway dedication honoring late Wichita City Council member Phil Lambke is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday in Garvey Park, 3501 S. Washington. The 1.3 mile pathway, named Phil Lambke Pathway, connects from Garvey Park to Chapin Park.
City Unveils Water Conservation Rebate Program
City officials on Thursday, June 27, launched details of a $1 million rebate program that provides financial incentives for residents who conserve water. The program, approved by the City Council on June 4, will start on Monday.
City First Social Media Town Hall Meeting Today
City of Wichita officials are hosting a social media town hall budget meeting from 1:30-3 p.m. today, June 27, on the 9th floor (Training Room II) of City Hall, 455 N. Main. Residents can ask questions on the City of Wichita Facebook page or through T...
Test project ends today; meters reinstated
The City’s parking test project in downtown Wichita has ended. The centralized pay stations that were installed at the entrance to the lot east of Century II...
City Budget Engages DABs, WIN and Social Media
City of Wichita officials are inviting residents to attend a 2014-15 Proposed Budget meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, in the first floor Board Room at City Hall, 455 N. Main. The meeting will include District Advisory Boards (DABs) and Wichita...
Mike Blakely Concert at Cowtown
Tickets for July 19 show on sale now at WichitaTIX.com
Award-winning singer/songwriter Mike Blakely is coming to Old Cowtown Museum as part of its 2013 Emp...
Fourth of July Safety Tips
Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials are reminding residents to take precautions when shooting fireworks. With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, City officials are warning residents about the added danger of hot and windy weather and encourag...
Wichita Promoted On National Stage
Mayor Carl Brewer and the Wichita City Council on Wednesday thanked local businessman Wink Hartman for his recent efforts to promote the city on a national stage.
Hartman announced through media reports this week that his No. 67 IndyCar Honda ...
Parking Changes Scheduled at Airport
Short-term limited to four hours, riders encouraged to use PARK & RIDE
Short-term parking at Mid-Continent will be limited to four hours beginning, Friday June 21 due to ongoing constr...
Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday
A third Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, June 19, carrying 45 World War II veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. The flight will depart from Wichita at 6:10 a.m. on Southwest Airlines for a ...
City Manager Appoints HR Director
City Manager Robert Layton announced today the hiring of Chris Bezruki as director of the City of Wichita Human Resources Department.
Bezruki, who is currently the Human Resources Director for the City of Champaign (IL.), is scheduled to start...
Free parking this weekend for Music Theatre of Wichita performances
Parking will be free this weekend during all Music Theatre of Wichita performances of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ...
First Ozone Alert of 2013
An Ozone Alert has been issued for Wichita and the surrounding communities beginning Friday, June 14. The atmospheric conditions are just right for high-ozone levels tomorrow.
Residents and area businesses are asked to join the City in taking...
Wichita Flight Festival Poster Contest
Artist entries due by June 28
Artists have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28 to submit entries for the Wichita Flight Festival Poster Contest. The contest is open to anyone age 18 and older....
Positive traveler feedback earns Cowtown TripAdvisor Award
Old Cowtown Museum has been recognized for its hospitality excellence with a Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor. T...
Southwest Airlines Starts Wichita Service
Mid-Continent Airport ushered in a new era of air service today, June 2, with Southwest Airline’s entry into the Wichita market. Southwest’s first flight from Chicago Midway arrived at 1:45 p.m., escorted by airport police, fire, operations and service v...
Arkansas River Advisory Flags Updated
City of Wichita officials said high flows have left the Arkansas River unsafe for public use due to concerns about debris and high currents.
During the annual Wichita River Festival, which starts today, the City of Wichita will display ...
Celebrate Southwest Airlines' Sunday Arrival
The public is encouraged to attend a community celebration from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 when Southwest Airlines begins service at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The event will be held in the mezzanine level of the main termi...
Arkansas River Ready for Recreation Use
With the annual Wichita River Festival approaching, the Arkansas River is suitable for recreational uses, a condition reflected in the green flags flying near the river. Recreation use is subject to the following advisory conditions:
Free Transit Service to Circus
Wichita Transit will provide free shuttle service to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus today, May 30, through Sunday, June 2, at Intrust Bank Arena.
Eventgoers can park at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and ride a trolley or shuttl...
O.K. Kids Day Coming Saturday
Free activities for children ages 5 to 12
The annual O.K. Kids Day event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 2...
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus vehicles and equipment. The online auction closes at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Items include Daewoo wheel loader, New Holland backhoe, cars, trucks, trailers, miscellaneous equipm...
Closures for Memorial Day
In observance of Memorial Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Monday, May 27. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation centers, the Wichita Ice Center, the Great Plains Nature Center, Cowtown, CityArts, Century II administration offices...
City Parks Focus of New Program
Wichita Park & Recreation officials on Friday, May 24, announced a new program that encourages and rewards residents for visiting public parks. The Park Passport program encourages residents to visit 18 specific local parks such as Oak, Buffalo and F...
Blue Star Museums Launch
Active military to receive free admission at Cowtown this summer
Old Cowtown Museum is joining more than 2,000 museums across the United States to offer free admission this summer to military personnel and their families thro...
MacDonald Golf Celebrates Century Mark
MacDonald Park Golf Course will celebrate its 100-year anniversary with multiple activities and discounts Wednesday, May 29, through Friday, May 31, at the rolling neighborhood course in northeast Wichita, where an estimated 3 million rounds of golf have...
City Pools Open Monday
City of Wichita swimming pools will open Monday, May 27. They will remain open through Aug. 4. The pools that will open Monday include:
• Aley, 1800 S. Seneca
• Boston, 6700 E. Boston
• Evergreen, 2700 N. Woodland
• Linwood, 19...
ICT Set to Celebrate Southwest Airlines' Arrival
The Wichita community and Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) are ready to celebrate the first Southwest Airlines flights in and out of ICT. With the first Southwest flights beginning on Sunday, June 2, two events are scheduled.
On Sunday, ...
City Storm Cleanup
The City of Wichita is not planning to collect debris from this weekend’s storm. Collections have occurred in the past when there has been significant tornado, ice storm or other inclement weather events. Property owners are responsible for disposing o...
McConnell Air Force Base selected
The Kansas Congressional delegation announced today that McConnell Air Force Base will be the Main Operating Base (MOB) for the KC-46A refueling tanker. The Formal Training Unit (FTU) will be located in Altus, Oklahoma.
“This is a big win and g...
Join Workwide eBook Club
New program runs to June 1, encouraging global reading of eBook
The Wichita Public Library invites the public to take part in the Big Library Read, a pilot program in which libraries worl...
New Trail at Air Capital Memorial Park
Grand-opening scheduled for new trails system
A grand-opening ceremony for a new bike-and-hike trail system at Air Capital Memorial Park is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.
Cowtown Ribbon Cutting Saturday
Cowtown’s new Orientation Building to open May 18
A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Old Cowtown Museum to celebrate the opening of its new Orientation Building. Located near the entrance to the Mu...
WFD Honored with Life Saver Award
Wichita Firefighters will be recognized by ADT with the ADT Life Saver award at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 16. The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) will be awarded a $5,000 grant from ADT for saving Jerry Malone and her home after it caught on fire earlier...
Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday
On Wednesday, May 15, the second Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Mid-Continent Airport carrying 24 World War II veterans and their guardians. The flight will depart at 6:25 a.m. from Wichita on AirTran Airways for a two-night stay ...
Three Mayors, One Voice on Passenger Rail
OKC, KCMO and Wichita join forces; grant application pending
An unprecedented statement of regional support for expanded passenger rail service through Wichita was released Friday, May 10, during a press conference at the Unio...
City Seeks Public Input on Edgemoor Pool
Help shape the future of Wichita Public Swimming Pools
City residents are being asked to help decide the future of the Edgemoor Park Aquatics Center.
The City of ...
Life of Blackbear Bosin
New Indian Center exhibit opens May 18
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is celebrating the opening of its newest exhibit “Tsate Kongia: Walking in Two Worlds, the Life of Blackbea...
May is Bike Month
The City of Wichita has proclaimed May is Bike Month. In celebration of Bike Month, the City is highlighting recent improvements that help make traveling by bicycle easier, safer, and more convenient. The featured improvements include:
National Train Day Press Conference
Friday, May 10, 4 p.m., Wichita Union Station, 701 E. Douglas
Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day during a 4 p.m. press conference Fri...
Community Sustainability Fair on Saturday
Event in conjunction with KidFest
A community sustainability event known as the Green Zone will be part of the annual KidFest scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in Expo Hall at Ce...
Hyatt Hotel Yields More Benefits
City of Wichita officials today announced a $150,000 payment from the Hyatt Regency Wichita, the first of what is expected to be an annual profit-sharing check from the 15-year-old, riverfront hotel that has helped drive downtown redevelopment.
Excellence in Public Service Honorees
The 2013 Excellence in Public Service Award winners were announced today in separate surprise announcements at their respective jobs. The winners are:
• Kimber Kasitz,a school nurse with Wichita Public School District USD 259;
Arbor Day Celebration Starts Friday
Tree-planting event held at Kiwanis Park
The Wichita Park and Recreation Department will host the 58th Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday...
American Indian Festival Film Contest
First-place winner will receive $500 cash prize
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is launching the first-ever American Indian Festival Film Contest. The Tallgrass Film Association is serving as the media partner....
Public Service Excellence Winners
The 2013 Excellence in Public Service A...
Downtown Gets a Boost
Wichita’s downtown redevelopment efforts, dubbed Project Downtown, are getting assistance from a new program that helps move sustainability projects from concept to reality.
Project Downtown will be aided through a new Portland State Universit...
New Airport Parking Center Groundbreaking
Construction to begin June 3
A ceremonial groundbreaking today at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport marks the beginning of a new parking garage and rental car facility at the state’s largest airport, a ...
Groundbreaking for airport parking center on April 24
The City of Wichita and Wichita Airport Authority will break ground on the new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport on Wednesday, April 24. Speakers will discuss details related to the new structure, as well as interim ...
United to Begin Nonstop LAX Service May 1
Service to begin a day earlier
United Airlines will begin nonstop service to Los Angeles (LAX) beginning May 1, a day earlier than previously announced due to internal fleet and schedule changes.
City Unveils New Ozone Alert Plan
The City of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 Ozone Season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels. Ozone Alerts will be issued when high ozone days are expected. The predictions will be based on weather and ozone condit...
The City of Wichita will unveil its Ozone Alert Action Plan (after the public safety briefing) at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 12, in the fifth floor Wichita Police Dept. conference room at City Hall. Afterwards, the media is invited to stop by the Health De...
Ice Storm Cleanup
The City of Wichita will not be collecting storm debris from private properties that resulted from the ice storm earlier this week. Property owners will be responsible for disposing of their own storm debris. No debris should be placed in the right ...
Wichita Invites Online Engagement
Residents asked to comment on the City’s future
Every Wichita resident will have a voice in planning the city’s future, thanks to a newly-installed internet tool. The innovative opportunity is offered through the online platfor...
Parking Test Project
Debit, credit cards now accepted at one downtown parking lot
City officials today announced a new three-month parking test project that will make it even easier to park downtown. Starting...
Alford Library Celebrates Anniversary
Day of events planned for April 13
The Wichita Public Library has announced the schedule for this weekend’s anniversary celebration at the Lionel Alford Regional Library.
Special events will begin at 10:15 a.m. with “...
The City of Wichita Fifth Program Year Annual Action Plan has been revised to show an increase in the summer youth employment program funding. Because of the revision the public comment period has been extended to May 10, 2013.
The plan is a...
Century II parking project to be announced
The media is invited to attend a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10 in the parking lot east of Expo Hall...
Introducing Activate Wichita - An innovative tool enabling community collaboration on the future of Wichita
WHAT - A major announcement by Cynthia Berner-Harris, joined by Wichi...
Free Paint Available
Income and residential status determine eligibility
The City of Wichita is again offering free paint for people who meet...
River Trash Round-Up Event Coming Soon
The 12th Annual River Trash Round Up is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers should meet in the southeast corner of the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot for check-in, gloves and bags.
Volunteers should wear clothi...
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will participate in a phone call at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, to discuss a friendly wager on Saturday’s Final Four semifinal game between the Wichita State Shockers and the Louisville Car...
The City Council Agenda Review scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at City Hall has been canceled. ...
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus equipment. The online auction closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. Items include looms, easels, tables, chairs, office furniture, etc.
Inspection times are by appointm...
Celebrate at the Library in April
Free events include National Library Week, Young Artists’ Exhibition and the 10th Anniversary of the Lionel Alford Regional Library
All events are free. Accommodations for those wi...
Amnesty Week Starts Today
City of Wichita Municipal Court officials today, April 1, launched Amnesty Week, a five-day period when defendants with outstanding warrants can resolve court obligations and have $50 warrant fees waived.
Defendants will not be arrested but wa...
City Seeks Residents' Help With Drought Response
The City of Wichita has scheduled six public meetings to seek residents’ views on how the region should respond to prolonged drought conditions. City officials also want to gather information about how residents are affected by the drought and to gene...
April Burn Restrictions
Ozone season includes greater burning restrictions
With ozone season beginning today, April 1, Wichita Fire Department officials announced that open burning in Wichita and surrounding are...
MYC Schedules Saturday Cleanup at Watson Park
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) has scheduled a neighborhood park cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Watson Park, ...
New Transit Buses Unveiled
Wichita Transit officials on Wednesday, March 27, unveiled four new buses at the downtown transit center. The buses, largely purchased through a federal grant, are part of a plan to modernize the department’s aging fleet.
Mayor Carl Brewer and...
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will join Wichita Transit officials in a 9:30 a.m. news briefing today, March 27, to introduce new transit buses and discuss future plans for the department.
The briefing will take place at the Transit Operatio...
City Seeks to Fill Bicycle, Pedestrian Board
The City of Wichita is accepting applications for members of the new Wichita Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board until midnight on Thursday, April 11. The volunteer board, approved by the City Council on Feb. 5, will advise the City on issues relate...
Grant Funds Teen Summer Reading Program
Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Fund Teen Programs
The Wichita Public Library is one of 20 libraries selected to receive a $1,000 grant to fund summer reading programs for teens. The grants are made pos...
Easter Funanza & Egg Hunt event
Wichita Park and Recreation will host its 5th annual Easter Funanza & Egg Hunt event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd.
Admission is $5 for each vehicle entering the gate. Youth will hunt fo...
WFD to Host Severe Weather Presentation
The Wichita Fire Department will host a severe weather presentation featuring Mitch Randles, Fire Chief for the City of Joplin, Missouri, and Suzanne Fortin, Meteorologist in Charge for the National Weather Service, Wichita. The presentation will be he...
Free Wichita Transit Service to Shinedown Concert
Wichita Transit will provide free shuttle service to the Shinedown concert on Saturday, Mar. 23. Concertgoers can park at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and ride free trolleys or the shuttle bus to Intrust Bank Arena beginning at 5:30pm. The concert is sche...
Water Usage and Conservation Meeting
Water usage and conservation will be discussed during an upcoming Tuesday Topics program scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on March 26 in the auditorium of the Central Library, 223 S. Main.
The League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro ...
Wichita Wins Transparency Award
The City of Wichita website wichita.gov has won a Sunny transparency award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation.
“The City Council has stressed the importance of transparency for this organiza...
City Appoints New Finance Director
City Manager Robert Layton on Monday announced that Finance Department veteran Shawn Henning has been hired to lead the department. Henning, who will start her new job on April 29, is currently the City’s Treasurer and Finance Manager.
Wichita Flight Festival
The air performer lineup for 2013 Wichita Flight Festival was announced during a Friday news conference at Jabara Airport. Flight Festival officials also unveiled the addition of a new poster contest that is open to the public. The 2013 Wichita Fligh...
Spring Break Airport Travel Tips
Airlines serving Wichita Mid-Continent Airport are reporting full loads for spring break travel days through March 18. Spring break travelers should arrive at least an hour and a half to two hours before their flight, par...
2013 Wichita Flight Festival details to be announced
The media are invited to attend a press conference about the 2013 Wichita Flight Festival at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Jabara Airport Hangar 1. T...
Celebrate at the Library in April
Free events include National Library Week, Young Artists’ Exhibition and the 10th Anniversary of the Lionel Alford Regional Library
All events are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are...
Water Main Break at 45th & Hillside
City of Wichita public works officials on Friday said they are repairing a main break that has interrupted water service in the area of 45th Street North and Hillside including Heights High School and Stucky Middle School.
“We’re expecting to h...
Time to Reset Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms
Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials are reminding residents to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries this weekend. The time will spring ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10.
WFD is providing free smoke alarms and batteri...
Amnesty Week Comes in April
Program waives warrant fees and resolves outstanding warrants
City of Wichita Municipal Court officials announced today, March 6, that outstanding warrants will be resolved and warrant fees will be wai...
City Launches New Wichita.Gov Website
City of Wichita Information Technology officials today announced they had updated wichita.gov, with a simplified design that will make it easier for users to access information to pay bills, contact officials, file complaints, request permits, obtain c...
Rescheduled Grant Funds Hearing
A Wichita City-Council-appointed committee formed to review grant funds requests for 2013-14 will hold a public hearing from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the first floor board room at City Hall, 455 N. Main. The originally scheduled meeting ...
Winter Storm Cancellations/Reschedules
Municipal Court is open today, Feb. 26, for business. Residents who appear may be able to resolve their cases or have their cases rescheduled. Residents are encouraged to call 268-4611 to schedule a new court date and have until the close of business T...
City Of Wichita Open Today
City of Wichita facilities and operations are operating as scheduled today, Feb. 26. City officials will provide updates on how the winter storm is affecting operations and facilities if necessary. Also, the Wichita City Council will hold its regularly...
Winter Storm Impact on Tuesday Operations
City of Wichita officials will make a decision early Tuesday, Feb. 26, regarding the impact of the winter storm on City operations, facilities and the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Media will be alerted through a news release as soon as dec...
Winter Storm Update
City of Wichita officials on Monday said sand supplies used to improve driving conditions during an extended winter storm had been restored to normal levels, but officials are still recommending motorists stay off slick roads if driving conditions dete...
Winter Storm Forecast Hazardous Conditions
City of Wichita officials on Sunday urged Wichita area residents to avoid non-essential travel during and after a winter storm that is expected to hit the metropolitan area Sunday night through Tuesday.
There is a strong potential for up to 30 ...
Winter Storm Operations, Facilities Update
City of Wichita facilities, services and operations are working today, Friday, Feb. 22, a day after a winter snowstorm covered the metropolitan area, causing delays, closures and traffic concerns across the city. Though City government operations were ...
Wichita Police Department Changes Deputy Chief Assignments
The Wichita Police Department on Wednesday announced new assignments for Deputy Police Chiefs, reassignments designed to enhance the leadership team amid an ongoing reorganization, Police Chief Norman Williams said.
Deputy Chief Terri Moses was...
Winter Storm Causes Flight Cancellations
Due to the winter weather all across the region, numerous arriving and departing flights at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport have been cancelled. However the Airport is open and the runways are being continuously plowed and treated. Passengers with flight...
City to Hold Public Meeting on Grant Funds
Grants hearing scheduled for Thursday
A Wichita City Council-appointed committee formed to review the use of federal grant funds for 2013-14 will hold a public hearing from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the...
Wichita Airfares Remain Competitive
The U. S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently released its third quarter 2012 air fare report, and despite increases in fares over the past three years, Wichita’s third quarter average fare is still less – by 10.1% - than in 2000. Out of the t...
Spring Break Art Camps
CityArts giving youth creative ways to spend time off school
CityArts’ Spring Break Art Camps are the perfect solution for parents looking for positive and engaging activities for their children over spring break. There are 10 ...
Law Enforcement Recruit Class Graduation
The graduation for the 2013 Winter Recruit Class of the Wichita Police Department is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at City Council Chambers.
The graduating class has 14 Wichita Police officers. District Court Judge Joe Kisner will swear in the n...
City of Wichita Closures for Presidents Day
In observance of Presidents Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 18. The closed facilities include Neighborhood City Halls, Wichita Public Library locations, Park and Recreation centers, Watson Park, Great Plains Nature Center, C...
Mayor: Please Complete Survey
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer on Wednesday, Feb. 13, reminded area residents to complete a community survey seeking their feedback on community infrastructure, quality of life, economic development and other priorities through 2035.
The survey, mai...
Senior Wednesday Program Change for Library
Dr. Aleen Ratzlaff to speak on Black Press in Kansas
The Wichita Public Library has announced a change of program for its February 13 Senior Wednesday session.
Dr. Aleen Ratzlaff will speak on “Black News...
Recognizing Excellent Public Service Employees
Beginning Monday, Feb. 11, Wichita and Sedgwick County residents are encouraged to nominate public employees for the annual Excellence in Public Service Award. The award, in its 26th year, recognizes City of Wichita, Sedgwick County and Wichita Public ...
Library Offers Spring Break Events
Free Events March 16-22 Keep Kids and Teens Busy While School's Out
All events are free. Accommodations for those with special needs are available. Please request at (316) 261-8500 a minimum of 48 hours in advanc...
Free Wichita Transit Service to Kid Rock Concert
Wichita Transit will provide free shuttle bus service to the Kid Rock concert on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Intrust Bank Arena.
Concertgoers can park at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and ride free trolleys to Intrust Bank Arena beginning at 6 p.m.; the c...
City Schedules Grass Burning at Parks
Controlled fires help preserve native grass and serve plants, animals
In a conservation effort, the City of Wichita Park and Recreation Department is scheduling prescribed grass burning in the following parks dur...
New Terminal Building Update
Construction of the new Air Capital Terminal 3 (ACT 3) at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is on schedule, thanks, in part, to pleasant weather late last year. The new terminal is expected to open in the spring of 2015.
Since the beginning of majo...
Film Series Returns for 27th Year
Academy Award® Shorts a Wichita Public Library Tradition
The Wichita Public Library will host its 27th annual preview of Academy Award®-nominated short films Feb. 16-23. The animated, live action and documentary ...
WPD Responds to July 10 Shooting
Wichita Police will review shooting per departmental policy
District Attorney Marc Bennett today released his office’s finding on the July 10, 2012 shooting of Karen Jackson. Based on the findings, two Wichita Po...
City, County Unveil Community Survey
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh and other government and academic leaders held a Tuesday morning news conference to encourage area residents to participate in a new community engagement and planning process to help sh...
Mayor Brewer’s 2013 State of the City Address
Delivered 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Wichita City Hall
Distinguished members of the Wichita City Council, honored guests, family, friends and Wichitans, thank you for attending the 2013 State of the City address...
City-County News Briefing 9 a.m. Wednesday
Mayor Carl Brewer, Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton and other City of Wichita and Sedgwick County leaders have scheduled a 9 a.m. news briefing on Wednesday in the first floor board room at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
At the news briefing, offi...
Two Major Road & Bridge Projects Set to Begin
The City will begin work in February to reconstruct the Broadway Bridge in south Wichita and Central Avenue between 119th and 135th Streets. Public meetings will be held to provide information about construction timelines and traffic impact.
Police Working Death of Newborn Baby
The Wichita Police Department found the body of a newborn baby girl at 11:00 pm Wednesday evening in a dumpster at the Eastgate Shopping Mall, 8125 E. Kellogg.
Police were given information that a 17 year-old female was admitted to a hospital w...
Valentine’s Day Powwow
Dancing, vender booths part of festivities at Indian Center
The Mid-America All-Indian Center will host its 4nd annual Valentine’s Day Powwow from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Indian Center, 650 N. Sen...
Mayor’s 2013 State of the City Address
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will present his 2013 State of the City Address at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Wichita City Council Chamber at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Attendees, including media, should arrive early to gain timely access through...
Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21. The closed facilities include Neighborhood City Halls, Wichita Public Library locations, Park and Recreation centers, Watson Park, Great Plai...
GreenWichita Conference Returns to CII
Preservation, energy and sustainability conference includes Walmart
The fifth annual GreenWichita Conference returns on Friday, Jan. 25, to Century II Convention Center. The conference, which features energy and ...
Sculpture Vandalized in Heritage Park
The Wichita Police Department is investigating vandalism to the “Heritage Woman” sculpture located in Heritage Park, near the intersection of Main and William behind the Wichita Sedgwick-County Historical Museum. Damage to the five-and-a-half-foot bron...
MYC Hold Panel Discussion on Underage Drinking Tuesday
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) will hold a town hall meeting on underage drinking from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the first-floor Council Board Room at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
The town hall meeting aims to raise community awareness ...
Residents Asked to Help Stop the Spread of Disease
(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Flu and flu-like symptoms are on the rise in Kansas and throughout the United States. Sedgwick County residents who have not yet received a flu shot are encouraged to do so. Because cases of influenza often peak in January and...
City Now Accepting Applications for Neighborhood Clean-ups
City of Wichita officials announced today that applications are now being accepted through Feb. 11 for the 2013 Neighborhood Cleanup program year. New regulations and funding levels will affect applying neighborhoods. Neighborhoods can access the new g...
May Library Events Usher in Summer
End of the school year means start of Summer Reading
Water Wise Gardening
Educating yourself about water efficient technologies and strategies in regards to your own lawn or landscape will h...