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Meet Buddy the Bison

Contact: Troy Houtman, Director, Wichita Park & Recreation |

The new Park and Recreation mascot makes his first appearance Friday

Wichita Park & Recreation has welcomed a new mascot to the team, "Buddy the Bison" who will help support the department's efforts by attending events and activities.

"Buddy came to us after travelling extensively across North America and is excited to share his love of recreation with the citizens of Wichita," said Troy Houtman, Director of Wichita Park & Recreation. "The bison is a proud symbol of Kansas and we are proud to have Buddy help us spread the word about our many great offerings including camps, classes, athletic leagues and parks. It's our hope he will become a friendly and familiar face to area children and adults."

Houtman said Buddy will help raise community awareness about the department's numerous activities and the importance of recreation.

"The advantages of having a mascot are plentiful," he said. "They first of which is that they get noticed. Kids and adults alike love them and are drawn to them. A good mascot is memorable, creates a positive connection with the community and instantly becomes a recognizable symbol for Wichita Park & Recreation. Buddy will also help bring attention to the importance of physical activity and wellness. Mascots are fun and fun is what we do best!"

There will be a number of opportunities to meet Buddy throughout the year. He will make his first appearance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at Dr. Glen Dey Park located at 27th North and Hillside for the 60th annual Arbor Day celebration. Next month residents will be able to visit and click on "Park & Recreation" to view a list of Buddy's upcoming appearances.

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