| 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...