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Naftzger Park New Design Unveiled

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The latest design of Naftzger Park was unveiled on Wednesday during a public information meeting at Downtown Wichita, 505 E. Douglas.

Tom Balsley, an internationally-recognized architect with the SWA Balsley firm, shared renderings of the design during a presentation. Please see attachment.

Wednesday marked the third public input meeting on the future of the park since July. Public feedback and best practices for park operations were incorporated into the new design of the downtown park, Balsley said. District I City Council Member Brandon Johnson discussed the need for the park's revitalization and Wichita Parks & Recreation Director Troy Houtman discussed programming in the park. Mayor Jeff Longwell praised the design.

"Naftzger Park connects two core components of our downtown, and was designed to be inclusive," Longwell said. "We look forward to watching this park transform into a space the entire community can enjoy."

Next, Balsley will present the design to various local boards including the Design Council, Historic Preservation Board, Downtown Wichita Board of Directors and the Wichita Parks Board, for their approval before presenting it to the City Council.

If approved by the City Council, work on the park could begin as early as summer of 2018.

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