Grant provides new trails, benches, trees, other upgrades
City of Wichita officials held a 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting today, Sept. 11, to celebrate improvements to Buffalo Park, located at 10201 Hardtner in City Council District V.
Councilman Jeff Longwell and other community leaders attended the event, which highlighted the addition of a five-foot-wide walking trail that extends from the north parking lot to Maize Road, new benches, trees and resting areas for park patrons. The improvements are the result of a $15,000 Great American Trails grant. The grant was awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Darden Foundation to the Wichita Park & Recreation Community Fund, a non-profit organization.
“These trails will allow the neighborhood better access to the park and a safer environment to receive the healthy benefit of walking,” Jeff Longwell, the District V City Council member, said. “We appreciate the private sector’s support and willingness to help make Wichita a great place to live. We are thankful for generous support from the NRPA and the Darden Foundation.”
The Darden Foundation is a charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. which owns LongHorn Steakhouse. Wichita was one of eight communities awarded the grant this year.
“At LongHorn, we believe in hard work and doing things the right way, part of which means giving back to the local communities we serve,” said Dave George, President of LongHorn Steakhouse. “Guests visit us to spend time with family and friends, and what a better way to extend this idea beyond our restaurant than by providing support to help refurbish outdoor, public spaces for families to enjoy.”