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In the event of inclement weather, please contact the recreation center where classes are being held to inquire about cancellations. For events, please either contact the recreation center where the event is taking place or our main office phone (316.268.4361) if the event is off-site. For information about Athletics cancellations, please contact the rainout line at 316.219.9777. Thank you for your cooperation.
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    Jul 21
    Walk in the Park
    College Hill Park
    11am

    Join us for a series of walks in Wichita’s beautiful parks! Walking groups will do a warm up, walk and cool down. Dogs on leashes are welcome! Free for all ages!

     

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    Jul 21
    Splash Party
    Osage Park
    1-3:30pm

    Beat the heat with water events such as an inflatable water slide, duck pond, relays and squirt gun games. End with a big water gun/water balloon battle. Bring your own water guns. Free for all ages!

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    Jul 21
    Kayak & SUP Rentals
    Arkansas River
    12-3pm

    Kayaks: $10/hour (cash only);

    SUPs (stand up paddleboards): $15/hour (cash only)

    Receive basic instruction on kayak paddling techniques and safety. Then, you're off for a leisurely float along the Little Arkansas River. Park at the lot just south of Gander Mountain under Kellogg at 605 S. Wichita St. 

    Available on a first come, first serve basis. Preregistration not available.

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    July 21
    Pickleball Courts Grand Opening
    Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center
    9am-12pm

    ​​Visit the Riverside Tennis Center on July 21 to see our new outdoor pickleball courts! We’ll have open play available for all levels. Pickleball equipment and refreshments will be provided!

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    Jul 26
    Barry’s Recreation Station
    Buffalo Park
    6-8pm

    In addition to the activities from the Recreation Station, be sure to visit the interactive fountain, playground and basketball courts. Free for all ages!

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    Jul 28
    DJ In the Park
    Reflection Square Park
    6-8pm

    Spend a fun evening dancing to family friendly music, playing recreation station games and enjoying other activities.Free for all ages!

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    Jul 28
    Floatin' on the River Sunset Tour
    Arkansas River
    7:15pm

    ​Treat yourself to a relaxing sunset paddle, where you'll experience the quiet magic of the Arkansas River, along with the glowing sky and its ever changing colors. Following a short kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from Cowtown to the Wichita Boathouse. Along the way, you'll pause to see the Keeper of the Plains like you've never seen it before!

    Gather together afterwards for dinner with music and to share your adventure with others. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1.25-1.5 hours. A great family event for ages 12+. In partnership with SUPWichita.

    NOTE: Times and starting location are subject to change depending on the water levels.

    REGISTRATION:
    Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. You must select either a kayak or a SUP at the time of registration.
    To register, go to Wichita.gov/parkandrec and click on the registration tab or call 316.268.4361.
    Signed waivers will be required prior to participation.
    Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance and no refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event, unless the event is canceled due to weather/river conditions.

    $30/person (includes instruction, equipment rental, dinner & beverages, music and return shuttle service)

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    Aug 3
    Floatin' on the River Sunset Tour
    Arkansas River
    7pm

    ​Treat yourself to a relaxing sunset paddle, where you'll experience the quiet magic of the Arkansas River, along with the glowing sky and its ever changing colors. Following a short kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from Cowtown to the Wichita Boathouse. Along the way, you'll pause to see the Keeper of the Plains like you've never seen it before!

    Gather together afterwards for dinner with music and to share your adventure with others. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1.25-1.5 hours. A great family event for ages 12+. In partnership with SUPWichita.

    NOTE: Times and starting location are subject to change depending on the water levels.

    REGISTRATION:
    Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. You must select either a kayak or a SUP at the time of registration.
    To register, go to Wichita.gov/parkandrec and click on the registration tab or call 316.268.4361.
    Signed waivers will be required prior to participation.
    Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance and no refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event, unless the event is canceled due to weather/river conditions.

    $30/person (includes instruction, equipment rental, dinner & beverages, music and return shuttle service)

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    Aug 4
    Back to School Bash
    OJ Watson Park
    6-8pm

    It’s one last blowout event before school starts! Enjoy recreation games, food trucks, craft project and win PRIZES! Free for all ages!

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    Aug 4
    Kayak & SUP Rentals
    Arkansas River
    12-3pm

    Kayaks: $10/hour (cash only);

    SUPs (stand up paddleboards): $15/hour (cash only)

    Receive basic instruction on kayak paddling techniques and safety. Then, you're off for a leisurely float along the Little Arkansas River. Park at the lot just south of Gander Mountain under Kellogg at 605 S. Wichita St. 

    Available on a first come, first serve basis. Preregistration not available.

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    Aug 11
    Kayak & SUP Rentals
    Arkansas River
    12-3pm

    Kayaks: $10/hour (cash only);

    SUPs (stand up paddleboards): $15/hour (cash only)

    Receive basic instruction on kayak paddling techniques and safety. Then, you're off for a leisurely float along the Little Arkansas River. Park at the lot just south of Gander Mountain under Kellogg at 605 S. Wichita St. 

    Available on a first come, first serve basis. Preregistration not available.

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    Aug 16
    Barry’s Recreation Station
    Central Riverside Park
    6-8pm

    Everyone loves a fun obstacle course along with games from the Recreation Station. Also, enjoy the interactive fountain and playground. Free for all ages!

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    Aug 17
    Floatin' on the River Sunset Tour
    Arkansas River
    6:45pm

    ​Treat yourself to a relaxing sunset paddle, where you'll experience the quiet magic of the Arkansas River, along with the glowing sky and its ever changing colors. Following a short kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from Cowtown to the Wichita Boathouse. Along the way, you'll pause to see the Keeper of the Plains like you've never seen it before!

    Gather together afterwards for dinner with music and to share your adventure with others. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1.25-1.5 hours. A great family event for ages 12+. In partnership with SUPWichita.

    NOTE: Times and starting location are subject to change depending on the water levels.

    REGISTRATION:
    Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. You must select either a kayak or a SUP at the time of registration.
    To register, go to Wichita.gov/parkandrec and click on the registration tab or call 316.268.4361.
    Signed waivers will be required prior to participation.
    Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance and no refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event, unless the event is canceled due to weather/river conditions.

    $30/person (includes instruction, equipment rental, dinner & beverages, music and return shuttle service)

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    Aug 18
    Walk in the Park
    Chapin Park
    11am

    Join us for a series of walks in Wichita’s beautiful parks! Walking groups will do a warm up, walk and cool down. Dogs on leashes are welcome! Free for all ages!

     

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    Aug 18
    Kayak & SUP Rentals
    Arkansas River
    12-3pm

    ​Kayaks: $10/hour (cash only);

    SUPs (stand up paddleboards): $15/hour (cash only)

    Receive basic instruction on kayak paddling techniques and safety. Then, you're off for a leisurely float along the Little Arkansas River. Park at the lot just south of Gander Mountain under Kellogg at 605 S. Wichita St. 

    Available on a first come, first serve basis. Preregistration not available.

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    Aug 20
    Dog Days of Summer
    College Hill Pool
    6-8pm

    The Wichita Park and Recreation Department, along with the Kansas Humane Society, invite pooches to wade, paddle or swim in the shallow zero entry pool at College Hill Pool. $10 dollar donation (per dog) suggested.

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    Aug 25
    Floatin' on the River Sunrise Tour
    Arkansas River
    6:15am

    ​Treat yourself to a relaxing sunrise paddle, where you'll experience the quiet magic of the Arkansas River, along with the glowing sky and its ever changing colors. Following a short kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from Cowtown to the Wichita Boathouse. Along the way, you'll pause to see the Keeper of the Plains like you've never seen it before!

    Gather together afterwards for breakfast with music and to share your adventure with others. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1.25-1.5 hours. A great family event for ages 12+. In partnership with SUPWichita.

    NOTE: Times and starting location are subject to change depending on the water levels.

    REGISTRATION:
    Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. You must select either a kayak or a SUP at the time of registration.
    To register, go to Wichita.gov/parkandrec and click on the registration tab or call 316.268.4361.
    Signed waivers will be required prior to participation.
    Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance and no refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event, unless the event is canceled due to weather/river conditions.

    $30/person (includes instruction, equipment rental, breakfast & beverages, music and return shuttle service)

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    Sep 6
    Barry’s Recreation Station
    Aley Park
    6-8pm

    In addition to the activities from the Recreation Station, be sure to visit the skate park, playground and basketball courts. Free for all ages!

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    Sep 7
    Floatin' on the River Sunset Tour
    Arkansas River
    6:30pm

    ​Treat yourself to a relaxing sunset paddle, where you'll experience the quiet magic of the Arkansas River, along with the glowing sky and its ever changing colors. Following a short kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from Cowtown to the Wichita Boathouse. Along the way, you'll pause to see the Keeper of the Plains like you've never seen it before!

    Gather together afterwards for dinner with music and to share your adventure with others. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1.25-1.5 hours. A great family event for ages 12+. In partnership with SUPWichita.

    NOTE: Times and starting location are subject to change depending on the water levels.

    REGISTRATION:
    Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. You must select either a kayak or a SUP at the time of registration.
    To register, go to Wichita.gov/parkandrec and click on the registration tab or call 316.268.4361.
    Signed waivers will be required prior to participation.
    Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance and no refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event, unless the event is canceled due to weather/river conditions.

    $30/person (includes instruction, equipment rental, dinner & beverages, music and return shuttle service)

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    Sep 15
    Floatin' on the River Sunrise Tour
    Arkansas River
    6:15am

    ​Treat yourself to a relaxing sunrise paddle, where you'll experience the quiet magic of the Arkansas River, along with the glowing sky and its ever changing colors. Following a short kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from Cowtown to the Wichita Boathouse. Along the way, you'll pause to see the Keeper of the Plains like you've never seen it before!

    Gather together afterwards for breakfast with music and to share your adventure with others. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1.25-1.5 hours. A great family event for ages 12+. In partnership with SUPWichita.

    NOTE: Times and starting location are subject to change depending on the water levels.

    REGISTRATION:
    Spaces are limited and preregistration is required. You must select either a kayak or a SUP at the time of registration.
    To register, go to Wichita.gov/parkandrec and click on the registration tab or call 316.268.4361.
    Signed waivers will be required prior to participation.
    Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance and no refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event, unless the event is canceled due to weather/river conditions.

    $30/person (includes instruction, equipment rental, breakfast & beverages, music and return shuttle service)