|Steampunk Day at Cowtown
Steampunk Day returns to Cowtown on Saturday, May 30 to give visitors a one-of-a-kind Victorian science fiction experience straight out of a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel. Activities for the entire family are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This yea...
New Airport Terminal Scheduled to Open June 3
Mayor Jeff Longwell today announced that the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport new terminal is scheduled to open on Wednesday, June 3.
Also, two major parts of the $200 million new terminal project – the new Parking Garage and Rental...
Free Fares on Ozone Alert Days
Wichita Transit riders can ride at no cost during high ozone, or Ozone Alert, days through Oct. 31 as part of a national campaign to improve air quality by reducing emissions.
Ozone Alerts Days occur when ozone levels are expected t...
May is Bike Month
In celebration of May is Bike Month, proclaimed by the City Council on May 5, City of Wichita officials are encouraging residents to have fun and experience the City on two wheels.
A community-led Bike Month Committee has organized...
O.K. Kids Day Coming Saturday
The annual O.K. Kids Day event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Boulevard. Youth ages 5 to 12 years old will receive free instruction regarding fishing and water safety as well as participate in miniature golf, ...
Third Honor Flight Departs Wednesday
Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart from Wichita Eisenhower National
Airport at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying four World War II veterans and 21
Korean War veterans to Washington, DC. The veterans and their guardians
Mascot Name Change
Wichita Park & Recreation officials on Monday announced they were changing the name of the department’s mascot to Barry the Bison, effective immediately.
The mascot was introduced as Buddy the Bison in late April, but officials ...
Wichita Airfares Remain Competitive
Wichita's average airfares continue to remain competitive, thanks to the presence of discount carriers. Wichita’s airfares increased .5 percent to $392.71 from $390.83 in fourth quarter 2013, according the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In cont...
Benefit Car Show this Sunday
Free Indian Center event includes family activities, food trucks
For one day only, the Mid-America All-Indian Center is shifting gears from American Indian history to automobile history with the sole purpose of raising money ...
Junior Golf Registration Tees Off Monday
Registration for the 2015 Wichita Junior Golf Foundation
program opens from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Monday at all five Wichita Public
The popular junior program, for ages 10 to 18, fills
quickly and space is limited. Parents ...
Second Honor Flight Departs Tuesday
The second Kansas Honor Flight of the year will depart from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, carrying six World War II veterans, 19 Korean War veterans, and one Vietnam War veteran to Washington, DC. The veterans and their gu...
Arbor Day Celebration Canceled
Wichita Park and Recreation has canceled all Arbor Day Celebrations scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Dr. Glen Dey Park due to weather. The event and ribbon cutting for the new playground will be rescheduled at a later date.
Excellence in Public Service Honorees
The 2015 Excellence in Public Service Award winners were announced today in separate surprise announcements at their respective jobs. The honorees are:
- Chitra Harris, a Forensic Science teacher at Wichita South High;
- Jill Tinsl...
City, County Seeking Feedback on Community Plan
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and other public officials on Thursday urged residents to attend one of four upcoming open-house meetings seeking public feedback on the draft Community Investments Plan, 2015-2035 for Wichita and Sedgwick County.
Arbor Day Celebration, Playground Dedication
Wichita Park and Recreation officials will host the 60th Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at Dr. Glen Dey Park located at 27th North and Hillside.
Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups a...
Public Service Excellence Winners
Excellence in Public Service Award honorees will be surprised on Friday, April
24, at their respective workplaces. Media are encouraged to attend the
annual surprise-at-work announcements at the following times and locations:
New Terminal Open House on Saturday
The public is invited to attend an open house and tour of the new terminal project from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The tour will include the new terminal and parking facilities.
Final Friday at CityArts
There’s only one word that
can describe Final Friday, April 24 at CityArts, and that word is “supersized.”
As expected, the evening will include the opening of new art exhibitions from
5-8 p.m. in five CityArts galleries that highlight the amazing t...
Park and Rec Mobile Van to Hit the Road Again
A new mobile van that encourages residents to visit public parks will hit the road a second time this weekend.
Buddy’s Recreation Station, launched a week ago and designed to stir up fun at local parks, will make a stop from 11 a.m...
Honor Flight Leaving Wednesday
The first Kansas Honor Flight of the year will leave Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, carrying 25 World War II veterans and their guardians to Washington, DC.
Included in this group of heroes are a female Army vet...
City Offering Free Paint Program
Income and residential status determine eligibility
The City of Wichita is offering its annual free paint program for owner-occupant homeowners who meet income guidelines and whose property is locate...
Celebrating Wichita Airport Project
A series of upcoming events are scheduled to celebrate the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal located at 2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway.
The community events include a Dedication Event on Saturday; a Community Open Hous...
City Announces Spirit AeroSystems as Presenting Sponsor
Spirit AeroSystems is the presenting sponsor for a series of events celebrating the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal located at 2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway. The community events include a Dedication Event on April 11, Commu...
City Files Legal Action
The City of Wichita today filed a legal action seeking a district court opinion on the legality of a marijuana ordinance approved by Wichita voters in a general city election on Tuesday.
The legality of the voter-approved ordinance, which seeks...
City Refinances Bonds, Saving the Public $7 Million
City of Wichita Department of Finance officials announced today that the City will capture savings of more than $7.1 million in interest costs from 2015 through 2031, by refinancing outstanding general obligation bonds and Water and Sewer Utility revenue ...
Media New Terminal Sneak Preview
Media are invited to attend a sneak preview from 1 - 4 p.m., Thursday, April 9 of the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The tour will include the terminal, parking and rental car facilities. Media outlets will also have the opportunity to ...
City Makes Progress on Storm Cleanup
City of Wichita crews continue to make progress cleaning up storm damage that occurred Friday, April 3rd. Preliminary storm damage estimates were estimated at $300,000 to City facilities. The estimate does not include damage that occurred at Jabara Ai...
City Hires Director of Law
Manager Robert Layton today announced the hiring of Jennifer Magana as City
Attorney and Director of Law. Magana has worked in the Office of the Sedgwick
County Counselor since 1996 and served as Deputy County Counselor since 2000.
Her duties ...
City Works to Address Storm Damage
Wichita City crews are assessing the damage from the storm that occurred overnight. The damage affected several departments including the Airport, Public Works & Utilities, Wichita Police, Wichita Park & Recreation and the Wichita Public Libr...
City Assists Residents After Storm
The City of Wichita is assisting residents after the storm by providing the following information regarding debris removal, traffic safety and scams.
Due to the large volume of the debris from the storm overnight,...
MYC Accepting Applications
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) has opened its application process for the 2015-2016 academic year. MYC applications may be turned in at the City Manager’s Office on the 13th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main, or submitted through email at WichitaMYC@gmai...
Ozone Season Begins Wednesday
The 2015 Ozone Season begins on Wednesday April 1. This is the time of year when the City of Wichita’s Air Quality section monitors and predicts high ozone days for south central Kansas. Ozone Alerts will be issued when high ozone days are expected. Ozone...
April Burn Restrictions
Wichita Fire Department officials on Friday announced open burning in Wichita and surrounding areas will face additional restrictions during the ozone season which begins Wednesday, April 1.
Restricted activities include burning trees and brush...
MYC to Host Democracy Day
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is scheduled to host Democracy Day from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Democracy Day is an inaugural event that teaches teens how to navigate the el...
City Hires Strategic Communications Director
City Manager Robert Layton on Friday announced the hiring of Ken Evans as Strategic Communications Director.
The Strategic Communications Director is the City’s top communications position, charged with developing, managing, and evaluating in...
BUNNY BLAST & EGG HUNT
Wichita Park and Recreation will host its 7th annual Bunny Blast & Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd. Children will have an opportunity to hunt for eggs with their own baskets and take a phot...
Airport Community Events
The public is invited to celebrate the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal, parking garage and rental car facilities during three community events. They include the Dedication Gala, the Community Open House and the First Flight/Ri...
Final Friday at CityArts
CityArts is hosting the opening of four new exhibits
from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, March 27 that celebrate the work of artists in
the Wichita area. Admission is free to CityArts’ exhibition galleries that are
open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and ...
Animal Control Advisory Board Accepting Applications
The City of Wichita is accepting applications for an Animal Control Advisory Board, recently approved by the Wichita City Council.
The citizen advisory board will review existing animal control regulations; make recommendations for ...
Free FootGolf Saturday at L.W. Clapp Golf Course
Wichita Public Golf Courses is offering the public a free opportunity to experience FootGolf from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21 at L.W. Clapp Golf Course, 4611 E. Harry. FootGolf is a combination of golf and soccer played on golf courses. Players ki...
WPD Community Feedback Meetings Update
The Wichita Police Department’s next community engagement meeting regarding findings and recommendations from an organizational assessment is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 25 at Sunflower Community Actio...
MYC Teen Appointed to National Council
Alex Garcia-Villatoro, a junior at South High School, was appointed to a one-year term on the National League of Cities (NLC) Council on Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) Council for 2015. The YEF Council guides and oversees the work of NLC’s Institute...
WPD Community Feedback Meetings Resume Today
The Wichita Police Department invites the public to attend a second community engagement meeting today to discuss findings and recommendations from the department’s organizational assessment. The meeting is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. at in...
WPD Community Feedback Meetings Start Today
The Wichita Police Department invites the public to attend the first of several community engagement meetings to discuss findings and recommendations from the Department’s organizational assessment. The first meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday...
City Meetings on Flood Map Changes
City officials will be present at six District Advisory Board meetings to provide information on the preliminary floodplain maps recently released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The meetings will be focused on the impact of FEMA ...
City Crews Prepare for Weekend Winter Storm
City of Wichita crews are planning for the forecasted winter storm, on standby through the weekend to be activated once precipitation is imminent. The Public Works & Utilities department will deploy its full fleet of 50 plow trucks to respond to t...
WPD Annual Community Safety Review
Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley gave his annual community safety review today at City Hall. Chief Mosley outlined that crime is down 2.64% from 2013.
Mosley reported that burglary and thefts were down in 2014, while homicides, rapes, r...
An Artist’s Best Friend
Annual Art Show at the Dog Show coming to CityArts
CityArts is proud to present the 29th annual Art Show at the Dog Show exhibit throughout its building Feb. 27-March 21. This is a special event where both the public and their ...
City of Wichita Closures for Presidents Day
In observance of Presidents Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 16. The closed facilities include City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park and Recreation centers, Watson Park, Great Plains...
WPD Releases Organizational Assessment
City of Wichita officials and community partners on Thursday released findings and recommendations from a Wichita Police Department organizational assessment, which was designed to identify critical department issues, improve police-community relations...
INNOVATION CAMPUS OPEN HOUSE
A public open house regarding plans for the Wichita State University Innovation Campus is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Olive Room (RS261) at the Rhatigan Student Center on the campus of Wichita State University, 1845 N. Fairmoun...
Eisenhower’s Average Fare Down 29% Since 2000
Wichita’s average fare for the third quarter was $410.41, a slight increase of 1.2% from third quarter 2013 but a 29% decrease from its third quarter 2000 fare, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
Recognizing Excellent Public Service Employees
Beginning Tuesday, 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 28th year, recognizes City of Wichita, Sedgwick County and Wichita Public...
City Receives Awards for Financial Reporting
The City of Wichita has been recognized nationally for excellence in financial management and reporting. The City has been awarded the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” from the Government Finance Officers Association...
Bypass Pipe Ready For Use at Water Treatment Plant
Construction of a bypass pipe at the main water treatment plant is now ready for use in the event the leaking primary pipe fails. Next crews will add new structural supports and test the treatment process. They are scheduled to finish the final steps o...
City Schedules Prescribed Burns at Parks
In a conservation effort, the City of Wichita Park & Recreation Department is scheduling prescribed burns February through March at the following parks:
• Chisholm Creek,
• Dr. Glen Dey,
• Pawnee Prairie,
State of the City Address Today
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will present his 2015 State of the City Address at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 27, in the Wichita City Council Chamber at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Attendees, including media, should arrive early to gain timely access throu...
MYC Promotes National Drug Facts Week
Group joins teens across the U.S. in weeklong effort to shatter the myths on drugs
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) has joined forces with teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug Facts Week,” or N...
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Unveils New Logo
City leaders unveiled a new logo today for the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and provided an update on the new terminal’s progress.
The new Airport logo contains a dominant ‘W’ for Wichita and a subtle ‘E’ for Eisenhower, both ...
Update on Water Leak
There has been very little change over the weekend to a leak discovered last Wednesday at the main water treatment plant. The amount of water seeping to the surface has increased slightly since first being discovered, but it remains a small leak.
Update on Main Water Pipe Leak
The leaking primary pipe at the main water treatment plant has not worsened overnight, City of Wichita officials said at a Friday morning news conference.
Operations at the plant are normal, water supply remains safe and sufficient and customer...
State of the City Address Tuesday
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will present his 2015 State of the City Address at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Wichita City Council Chamber at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Attendees, including media, should arrive early to gain timely access thr...
Pipe Leak Could Impact Water Usage
City of Wichita crews discovered a leak in a pipe near the main water treatment plant on Wednesday which could significantly affect water service to all 450,000 residential, business and wholesale customers. Leaks can precede significant pipe failures...
Final Friday at CityArts
Program includes exhibit opening, Artist Talk by local psychologist
CityArts will host the opening of two art exhibitions and an Artist Talk on Final Friday, Jan. 30. CityArts will be open from 5-9 p.m., joining other Final F...
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. 19. The closed facilities include Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park and Recreation centers, Watson Park, Grea...
MYC to Hosts Legislative Forum
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) will host its annual legislative forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Central Library, 223 S. Main St.
Wichita City Council members are scheduled to attend to discuss issues affecting young people. The...
City Seeks Feedback on Federal Funds
Presentation and Public Hearing Scheduled for next week
The Grants Review Committee appointed by the Wichita City Council will host a public hearing next week regarding uses of certain federal funds for 2015 and 2016. The m...
Rebates Still Available for Water Savings Items
There is still time to send in your application for the City of Wichita rebate program that provides incentives for conserving water.
Devices purchased on or before Dec. 31, 2014 are eligible for the rebate. Applications must be postmarked w...
CityArts January Exhibits
CityArts is hosting two new exhibits now through Jan. 24 that celebrate the work of established and emerging artists in the Wichita area. Admission is free to CityArts’ exhibition
galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m....
Letters to Santa Winner
9-year-old taking ride on Wichita fire truck today
The holidays may be over, but Santa Claus has one more gift to give nine-year-old Sophie Kiryk. Today she will take a ride on a Wichita fire truck, the grand prize she receiv...