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Park and Rec Mobile Van to Hit the Road Again

Contact: Troy Houtman, Director, Wichita Park & Recreation |
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. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at downtown Naftzger Park. 

 “By bringing in organized activities, we are encouraging people to come out and play,” said Troy Houtman, Director of Wichita Park & Recreation. “Playing is an essential aspect of living a healthy lifestyle, and we want the community to enjoy the parks, and to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.” 

Saturday’s events include games, sports, a checkers tournament, a timed obstacle course, a jump rope contest, prizes, food trucks and more.
Naftzger, located at 601 E. Douglas, will be a regular Saturday stop for Buddy’s Recreation Station through May 23. The historic City park offers unique features including a gazebo, a decorative waterfall and the Carry Nation Fountain. Park and Recreation staffers on Saturday will seek feedback from residents. That feedback will help determine future destinations for Buddy’s Recreation Station.

Wichita Park & Recreation manages 127 parks, eight recreation centers, nine swimming pools, 52 athletic fields, five golf courses, six interactive fountains, numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs and 2,407 acres of rights-of-way. For more information, please visit, and Facebook at City of Wichita Park & Recreation.
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