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Improvements are expected to focus on providing technology and education services, additional options for health and fitness, other community programming, and a variety of education classes offered through the Department of Park and Recreation.
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No. The name of the Park will remain McAdams Park. The renovated Carl G. Brewer Community Center will highlight Emerson McAdams and his contributions to the park. While the park is named McAdams, several facilities in the park are named after community standouts, including the Antoine Carr basketball courts, the Barry Sanders football field, and the McAfee swimming pool.
The renaming comes as the city is planning a redesign of the recreation center - funded partially by a no-interest loan from a local bank - because the facility no longer fits the needs of the community and has aged out of its functionality.
The board of park commissioners approved renaming the recreation center to honor Brewer during a meeting on August 9. The City Council voted to change the name of the recreation center in September of 2021 to honor the legacy of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. A formal rededication took place in November of 2021.
The recreation center at McAdams Park was constructed in 1958. The building is functionally challenged and not adequate for the programming needs of the Department of Park and Recreation or the needs of the community. The building lacks the infrastructure for technology, which impacts the programming available in the facility.
Carl Brewer (March 8, 1957 to June 12, 2020) was an American politician who served as the 100th mayor of Wichita, Kansas, and was the city's first elected black mayor. He was elected to the mayoralty in 2007 and reelected in 2011.