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Neighbors Enjoy New Neighborhood Playground

Contact: David McGuire, Superintendent Parks |
What was a grassy and empty lot at Central and Grove is now a neighborhood playground providing a swing set and more fun for youth in the surrounding area.

This morning neighbors who worked to transform the empty land into a playground joined their City Council member to celebrate at the playground. 

“We listened to residents of the Elm Neighborhood Association,” says City Council Member Lavonta Williams, whose District 1 includes the playground. “They wanted another safe place to take their kids and that’s what this park offers.”

The playground’s features include the swing set, a bench, a picnic table and a perimeter fence.  

The Elm Neighborhood Association encompasses an area bounded by Piatt, Hillside, Central and 9th Street North. The neighborhood playground was funded as part of the 2011 – 2020 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which includes funding for developing and rehabilitating playgrounds in the City’s park system. 

Wichita Park & Recreation supports 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. 

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