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Nominate Wichita’s Parks to Win $20,000 Grant

Contact: Troy Houtman, Director of Park & Recreation |
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company - including Disney Citizenship, Disney ABC Television Group and ESPN - to revitalize parks across the country. 

To revitalize parks, NRPA officials are asking residents to nominate their city at Between April 1 and April 30, Wichita residents can nominate their city to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park. Also, everyone who nominates a city will be entered into a drawing for a tablet equipped for outdoors.

“Local parks make a better place to live and shape so many of our lives,” Troy Houtman, the Director of Park & Recreation, said. “Parks are essential to our city’s health and well-being. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature. They help preserve the environment and bring people together.”

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. 
The NRPA is a not-for-profit organization working to ensuring that Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public spaces. For more information, please visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, please visit
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