|Upcoming City Holiday Events
Following is information on three upcoming holiday events:
• The Mayor’s Tree Lighting is scheduled to begin 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Kennedy Plaza at Century II Per...
Christmas Music at Eisenhower Airport
Several vocal and instrumental groups from area schools will entertain travelers this holiday season at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport through Dec. 21. The groups will perform traditional Christmas season music. The ...
Remembering Yingling Chevrolet Fire Victims
The Wichita Fire Department on Monday will honor firefighters who perished in the 1968 Yingling Chevrolet building fire with a memorial plaque near the site of the fire. The late firefighters will be recognized during a c...
Thanksgiving Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Thanksgiving, City of Wichita facilities will be closed and/or have special hours per below:
Closed Thursday, Nov. 24: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park and Recrea...
Wichita Earns Bike-Friendly Recognition
Wichita has been recognized nationally for its ongoing efforts to improve conditions for bicycling. On Wednesday, the League of American Bicyclists awarded local government an Honorable Mention designation for working with community partners to create ...
Veterans Day Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, the following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park & Recreation centers, Great Plains Nature Cen...
Free Rides for Voters
With Election Day one week away, City of Wichita officials are reminding residents about free Wichita Transit service next Tuesday to encourage residents to vote.
On Nov. 8, Wichita Transit buses will offer free bus rides to residents who demon...
Park & Rec Receives National Accreditation
The City of Wichita’s Park & Recreation department has received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The accreditation is based on an agency’s complia...
Eisenhower’s Average Airfare Drops 6%
Wichita Eisenhower National Airport airfares dropped 6% during the second quarter of 2016, compared to second quarter 2015, according to a Department of Transportation report.
The second-quarter, ...
GolfBoard Arrives at Tex Consolver
GolfBoards - surf-inspired, motorized golf vehicles – are now available at Tex Consolver Golf Course. The four-wheel drive board allows users to turn by simply transferring their body weight in a carving motion akin to snowboarding or surfing. It’s an eas...
City Launches New Online License System
City government is launching a new online license system that will make it easier to do business with local government. The City’s Business Licensing division issues more than 50,000 licenses a year which include dog, garage sales and business licenses. S...
Neighborhood Nuisance Reporting
Residents are encouraged to report neighborhood nuisance problems via phone or email due to technical difficulties with the online portal. To submit a report, please call the main number (660-9220). A voicemail can be left if the call is made after busine...
New Online City Garage Sale Permitting System
The City of Wichita has launched a new online garage sale permitting system designed to make it easier to do business with local government. Just visit www.wichita.gov, look for the garage sale sign icon in the middle of the page, and click. Set up an ac...
Public Open House, Delano Site Finalists
The City of Wichita is encouraging residents to attend an upcoming open house to provide feedback on proposed development projects for the Delano Catalyst Site located downtown along the Arkansas River. The open is house is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on W...
WFD: More Storms and Flooding Possible
The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) on Tuesday cautioned residents to avoid low-lying, flood-prone areas along with the Arkansas River and area creeks for the next several days. Saturated soil, due to recent and forecasted rains, may make these areas mo...
KEEPER OF THE PLAINS PLAZA UPGRADES
The City of Wichita is in the process of undertaking upgrades for the Keeper of the Plains in order to improve accessibility, safety and enjoyment of the downtown attraction.
Pawnee Street, Storm Drain Improvements
Street and storm water drain improvements will close Pawnee at Interstate 135 for approximately two months, beginning Monday, Sept. 19.
Through traffic will d...
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus vehicles and equipment. The online auction closes at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Items include street sweepers, trucks, vans, cars, etc.
Inspection times are fro...
City Saves $1.36 Million by Refinancing Bonds
City of Wichita will save $1.36 million due to bond refinancing approved during today’s City Council meeting. The City refinanced several general obligation bonds originally issued in 2009 and 2010.
This refinancing provides more...
Residents Encouraged to Take Precautions Due to Heavy Rains
Wichita Public Works & Utilities reports a high number of streets were flooded intermittently overnight. The current street closures include:
WFD Encourages Precautions with More Storms and Flooding Possible
The Wichita Fire Department is asking residents to avoid low lying, flood prone areas, along with the Arkansas River and area creeks for the next several days. Saturated soil, due to recent rains, will make these areas more prone to flooding.
Honor Flight Fall Schedule Starts Wednesday
The fall schedule for the Kansas Honor Flights will begin Wednesday, Sept. 7 when 10 World War II, 14 Korean War, and three Vietnam veterans and their guardians will fly to Washington, DC. The Southwest Airlines flight will depart Wichita at 5:35 a.m. <...
Joint City-County Agencies Move to 271 Building
This month three joint city-county agencies are moving into the 271 building located at 271 W. 3rd in Wichita.
- Wednesday, August 31, the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) offices closed to the public. WAMPO will open ...
Free Paint Available
The City of Wichita is now offering free paint for owner-occupant homeowners who meet income guidelines and whose property is located within the City limits. Qualified homeowners are eligible for up t...
Labor Day Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5, the following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Animal Shelter, Park & Recreation centers, Great Pl...
Nico Hernandez Parade Update
City of Wichita officials announced a contingency plan if inclement weather forces the cancelation of Saturday morning’s parade honoring Wichitan Nico Hernandez, a boxer and bronze medal winner at the Rio Olympic Games.
If severe storms happ...
Olympic Medal Winner Comes Home
City of Wichita officials are hosting a welcome home event and a parade in honor of Wichitan Nico Hernandez, a boxer and bronze medal winner at the Rio Olympic Games.
Hernandez is scheduled to return home 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday at Ei...
American Adds Larger Jets to DFW
American Airlines is bringing back large jet service to the Wichita - Dallas market starting Tuesday, August 23. To reintroduce large jet service, American will operate two MD-80 round-trip flights between Aug. 23 and 30 and three round-trip flights be...
Old Town Safety Traffic Control Measures
In an effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety in Old Town, the Wichita Police Department (WPD) will implement traffic-control measures on Friday and Saturday beginning at 11 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m.
The operation is pa...
City, WPD partner with Nextdoor
City of Wichita government and the Wichita Police Department (WPD) announced today a partnership with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods that improves citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
City government wi...
Alaska Airlines Offers Nonstop to Seattle
Travelers from Wichita can fly nonstop to Seattle on Alaska Airlines, beginning April 13, 2017. Alaska will offer one daily round-trip flight, seven days a week. Flights are scheduled as follows:
Pawnee Bridge Repairs Scheduled to Resume
Repair work on the Pawnee Bridge is set to resume after a month long delay due to active migratory bird nests under the bridge. The nests are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. United States Fish and Wildlife Service inspected the bri...
Eisenhower Receives Perfect Inspection
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its annual Certification and Safety Inspection of Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and no discrepancies were found in the inspection. This successful inspection represents ICT’s fourt...
With the 2016 elections approaching, City of Wichita officials are reminding candidates and citizens that the City’s Sign Code (Title 24.04.215 of the City Code) prohibits all signs, including political signs, on public rights-of-way, or on public prop...
Register for Neighborhood Night Out
Mayor Jeff Longwell is encouraging neighborhoods to register their events for Neighborhood Night Out, which will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9.
“Neighborhood Night Out is a great way to get to know your neighbors so you can l...
Pawnee Bridge Repairs Delayed
Repair work on the Pawnee Bridge will be delayed approximately one month after construction crews discovered active migratory bird nests under the bridge. The nests are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Independence Day Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4, the following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Animal Shelter, Park & Recreation Centers, Grea...
Buffalo Park Improvements Unveiled
City of Wichita officials held a ribbon-cutting today to showcase improvements at Buffalo Park, located at 10201 Hardtner. Improvements included a prairie-themed design, a water playground, a restroom, two shelters and expanded parking. The water playgro...
City Issues RFQ to Develop Land Near New Library
The City of Wichita has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to develop approximately 7.2 acres adjacent to the new Advance Learning Library at McLean and Sycamore and the River Vista apartment development.
“It is an exciting t...
City's 2015 Annual Financial Report
City of Wichita officials on Tuesday released local government’s annual financial report, showing good financial health, a strong reserve balance and sound management. Specifically, City government’s General Fund reflected an ending fund balance of $36....
Honor Flight Leaves Wednesday, Returns Friday
The sixth Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 6:10 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying 33 Kansas veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC.
WICHITA JOINS ‘WHAT WORKS’ CITIES INITIATIVE
Mayor Jeff Longwell on Monday announced that Wichita has been selected as 1 of 12 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in...
Water Conservation Rebate Program Concludes
The City of Wichita’s water conservation rebate program has exhausted available funds. Application are no longer being accepted. This is the fourth year of the program, which encourages citizens to purchase and install approved water conserving device...
Social Media Town Hall Launches Budget Process
City of Wichita officials will host a social media town hall budget meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 in Training Room I on the 9th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main. Media are invited. Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council Members are expected...
Pawnee Bridge Repairs at Arkansas River
Bridge repairs will close Pawnee between Broadway and McLean Boulevard, beginning Monday, June 13, until late 2016.
Thru traffic will detour to 31st Street South at Broadway and McLean Boulevard. Local traffic on Pawnee will be allowed west o...
City Issues RFP for Parkstone Property
The City of Wichita has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale property located at Douglas and Hillside, commonly referred to as Parkstone.
RFPs are being mailed to local developers and brokers. The sale provides a ...
TSA Pre-Check to Open at the Airport
Beginning Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24, Wichita Eisenhower National Airport passengers may use a temporary enrollment site to register in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program.
The temporary enrollment center ...
Old Town Public Safety Update
City of Wichita and Old Town Association officials on Thursday provided an update on ongoing public safety improvements in the city’s most popular entertainment destination.
Memorial Day Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, the following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Animal Shelter, Park & Recreation Centers, Great ...
Nonstop to Orlando Starts Wednesday
Allegiant Air will offer nonstop service from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport to Orlando-Sanford International Airport beginning Wednesday. The first flight is scheduled to depart at 9:40 a.m. and will arrive in Orlando at 1:18 p.m. Service is on W...
Public Safety Job Fair Coming Soon
City of Wichita and Sedgwick County public safety departments are partnering with Wichita Workforce Center to hold their first joint job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 25 at the Wichita Workforce Center, 2021 N. Amidon, suite 1100.
New Youth Baseball Field at Historic McAdams Park
City of Wichita officials have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 10 a.m. on Thursday to celebrate a new artificial turf baseball field in historic McAdams Park, 1329 E. 16th St. The baseball field is the city’s first public field to have artificia...
Renovated K-96 Bike Path Now Open
City of Wichita officials on Thursday announced that the newly renovated K-96 bike path is open. The path, which runs between Oliver and Woodlawn along Chisholm Creek Park South, has been reconstructed to extend into the Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC)....
Street and Drainage Improvements on South Meridian
Construction of new storm sewer lines will close Meridian, south of Harry and north of Pawnee, beginning 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 6, until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, weather permitting. Through traffic will detour to Orient Boulevard at Harry and Dora stree...
Online Surplus Auction Open
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus vehicles, equipment and miscellaneous items. The online auction closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10. Items include cars, trucks, dump trucks, vans, buses, trailers, air compressors, off...
New O.J. Watson Park Train Coming
City of Wichita and Park & Recreation officials will unveil the new O.J. Watson train during the annual O.K. Kids Day event scheduled from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean B...
Wichita Airfares Continue to Drop
The average fares at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) are down 1% from 4th quarter 2014 when factoring inflation, according to data released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The bureau also noted that fares are down 31% from 2000, whic...
City Recreation Activities Canceled
Wichita Park & Recreation has canceled recreation activities and classes this evening due to severe weather. Recreation facilities will close at 5 p.m., including OJ Watson Park and scheduled softball games through Wichita Park & Recreation.
First Honor Flight Departs Wednesday
The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 6:10 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying 13 World War II veterans and 13 Korean War veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC. Included in the group is 88-year-old...
City Issues RFP for Hyatt Regency Sale
The City of Wichita has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the potential sale of the Hyatt Regency Wichita Hotel & Conference Center. The riverfront hotel - located downtown at 400 W. Waterman – connects to Century II Performing Arts & Conve...
Excellence in Public Service Honorees
Excellence in Public Service Award winners were honored today in separate
surprise announcements at their respective jobs. The winners are:
- Samanta Souriya, an ESOL teacher at Wichita Jardine
STEM and Career Explorati...
Eisenhower Airport Earns National Ranking
Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport has received a top-5 national ranking for customer satisfaction, according a company that surveys travelers real time through a mobile app on their cellphones. Eisenhower National Airport ranked fourth n...
Old Town Safety Sustainability Recommendations Report
The City of Wichita officials on Thursday released a report that makes recommendations to sustain and improve safety in Old Town, particularly during high-traffic weekend and nighttime periods.
“Crime report data show that incidents in Old To...
MYC’s to Host Alcohol-Free Jamboree
The Wichita Mayor’s Youth Council will host an event for teens to promote Alcohol Awareness Month and demonstrate that fun activities do not have to involve alcohol or drugs. “Alcohol-Free Jamboree” will...
Southwest Nonstop Flights Begin Tuesday
Beginning Tuesday, Wichita Eisenhower Airport passengers can fly nonstop to St. Louis International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Southwest Airlines.
Mayor Urges Community to Take Action on Ozone
With the annual ozone season
starting on Friday, Mayor Jeff Longwell said new federal guidelines designed to
protect air quality will require citizens and businesses to work together to
develop action plans, reduce emissions, and avoid millions in f...
WFD Assisting With Massive Wildfires
Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials have been helping battle raging wildfires currently driven by strong southerly winds.
Gov. Brownback has declared a State of Emergency in four counties, including Reno and Harvey counties, where WFD firefighter...
WFD: Take Precaution with Smoking Materials
Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials are reminding residents to take precautions with smoking materials. Every year residents experience numerous fires due to discarded cigarettes and careless smoking. In 2015, careless smoking caused 36 fires in Wic...
Annual Easter Event at O.J. Watson Park
Wichita Park and Recreation will host the 8th annual Bunny Blast & Egg Hunt event beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd.
Housing Authority Receives R.O.S.S grant
The City of Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) has been awarded a Resident Opportunity Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant in the amount of $177,500.
“This federal funding will help the WHA continue support services and promote independent...
Change Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Alarms
Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials on Friday reminded residents to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries this weekend. The time will spring forward one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th.
“It is important that residents test ...
Former Finney State Office Building Update
The City of Wichita Public Building Commission (PBC) has issued a request for developer qualifications and initial development proposals for the former Finney State Office Building in downtown.
The building, located at 230 E. Willia...
Proposed Law Enforcement Training Center
Wichita State University, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County are developing a partnership plan for a high-quality training facility for future generations of sheriff's deputies, police officers and criminal justice professionals.
Fly Nonstop to Orlando May 25
Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service from Wichita to Orlando Sanford International Airport starting May 25. The service will be operated twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays and run through August 13. Allegiant will use a mix of MD80 aircraft w...
Burn Ban Extended Until Monday
Wichita Fire Department officials today said local burn restrictions will remain in effect until Monday, March 7. The burn ban, which were originally scheduled to be lifted today, will be re-evaluated Monday morning.
“High winds an...
Mayor’s Youth Council Accepting Applications
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) has opened its application process for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who live in Wichita and are currently in grades 8 through 11 are eligible to apply.
The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Mar...
New Neighborhood Rebuilding Effort
During Mayor Jeff Longwell’s news briefing on Thursday, City of Wichita officials encouraged residents to join a neighborhood rebuilding initiative to strengthen communities through revitalization, reinvestment and infill development.
City Accepting Housing Voucher Applications
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program will begin accepting preliminary applications for a limited time from income eligible households seeking rental assistance on Monday, Feb. 22. The wait list has been closed since October 2014.
Presidents Day Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15, the following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park & Recreation Centers, Great Plains Nature C...
Recognizing Excellent Public Service Employees
Nominating Process Begins Wednesday
Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10, Wichita and Sedgwick County residents are encouraged to nominate public employees for the annual Excellence in Public Service Award. The award, in its 29th year,...
Airport Reports 3rd Busiest Year on Record
Wichita Eisenhower National Airport 2015 passenger numbers increased by 37,679 over 2014, a 2.46 percent increase airport officials reported on Monday. Officials said the 1,571,348 Eisenhower passengers in 2015 amounted to the third busiest year on reco...
Kansas Supreme Court Ruling
The City of Wichita today released the following statement regarding a Kansas Supreme Court decision on a 2015 marijuana ballot initiative.
We respect the court’s decision issued today. The opinion provides clarity for all cities receiv...
Martin Luther King Holiday Closures, Hours
In observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 18, the following City of Wichita facilities and operations will be closed: City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park & Recreation Centers, Great Plains Nat...
Wichita Participates in National Citizen Survey
City of Wichita officials said today they are seeking feedback from residents about service delivery and community priorities as part of the National Citizen Survey.
During his regularly scheduled media briefing Thursday morning at...
City Response to Wednesday Earthquakes
City of Wichita officials say they have activated an Earthquake Response Plan following two earthquakes that occurred within minutes late Wednesday night.
“Each earthquake was of significant magnitude,” said Alan King, the Director of Public Wo...