Open Streets ICT was first held in September of 2017, where nearly 14,000 people attended making it a highly successful event. It was at this time organizers realized the importance of thanking and highlighting key people and organizations who are helping Open Streets grow (more than 30,000 in attendance in 2019) and continue to be successful.
Open Streets ICT has created its Championship Belt award to be given out each year displaying the previous year's winner(s).
Congratulations to all of our Championship Belt winners past and present: we could not do it without you!
Wichita Park and Recreation was proud to present and surprise the 2022 Open Streets ICT Championship Belts to our very own Park Maintenance team! The dedication of the Park Maintenance team is unmatched. They provide support to every division in the Park Department along with several others in the City of Wichita organization, their commitment to ensure events can be hosted in this community never goes unnoticed. Their work at Open Streets ICT is essential to ensure a successful event! Pictured are Gary Farris, City Arborist, Tom Nordick, General Supervisor, Warren McCosky, Maintenance Supervisor, Bret Russell, General Supervisor and LeeAnn Sack, Landscape Supervisor.
Wichita Park and Recreation was proud to present the 2021 Open Streets ICT Championship Belts yesterday to two wonderful organizations! Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Fidelity Bank have been consistent and amazing sponsors of the event over the past few years! We appreciate all of their dedication and support of the community and the growth of Open Streets ICT! Alicia Shankle, Special Events Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Fidelity Bank, and Andrea Larsen, Director of External Sales and National/Special Accounts, accepted the award on behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. Thank you again for your continued support!
Though Open Streets was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers still wanted to highlight the 2019 recipients. This year the Sedgwick County EMS and Wichita Police Department were recipients of the Championship Belts. Sedgwick County EMS provides excellent service ensuring all participants and volunteers are kept healthy and providing aid stations along the four-mile course. While the Wichita Police Department assists with blocking roadways and directing traffic making the streets truly open to bikers and walkers.
In 2019, KAKE-TV received the award for providing up-to-date stories and advertising to further event attendance and recognition.
In 2018, Naama Marcos with Visual Fusion Graphic Design Studio, Wichita was the recipient of the belt. Naama and the Visual Fusion team were crucial in creating the event, and organizing and branding Open Streets ICT for what it is today.