Local officials will show off “Age Friendly” Wichita
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will host national AARP President Robert Romasco at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Grandparents Park.
The park is located at the corner of East Kellogg Drive and Estelle. Kellogg Drive is just south of Kellogg (Highway 54) off the Hillside exit.
The Grandparents Park, dedicated earlier this summer, is the latest improvement that helped earn the City of Wichita a membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Wichita was the first Kansas city to earn the distinction.
As president of AARP, Romasco is the association’s principal volunteer spokesman, representing AARP to its members and the public. A resident of Burke, Va., Romasco also serves on the AARP Governance Committee and Compensation Committee.
His professional career includes tenure as senior vice president of customer, distribution and new business development for QVC Inc.; executive vice president and chief marketing officer for CIGNA Inc.; president and chief executive officer, J.C. Penney Insurance; and senior vice president, American Century Investments. He serves on the board of Eastwood Inc. and previously served on the boards of the Eugene Bay Foundation, Trusted ID Inc. and the AARP Andrus.
The Grandparents Park features walking trails, exercise equipment for adults and playground equipment for children. The City of Wichita donated the land for the park, and AARP provided the necessary funding to complete the project.
Councilmember Lavonta Williams, whose district hosts the Grandparents Park, and other council members are also invited to the event.