On Saturday, Oct. 13, Wichita Park & Recreation will host a farewell event for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium located at 300 S. Sycamore St. It will be the final event held before demolition begins later this fall.
A chair sale will be held at 9 a.m. until noon. Sales are cash only and limited to one seat per person. Blue seats will be sold at $35, Tan/blue seats at $20, and red seats will be $5. Purchasers will need to bring wrenches and screwdrivers to remove the seats.
Doors will open to the public at 2:30 p.m. on the south side of the baseball complex. The Collegiate High School Marching Band will play during an exhibition game. Food trucks, a bartending service, and Kona Ice will be onsite to sell refreshments.
Following the game, a short program of speakers, including representatives from the Lawrence and Dumont families, Mayor Jeff Longwell and Parks and Rec Director Troy Houtman, will speak.
Following speeches, a local band "The Astronauts" will hit the stage, followed by a firework finale, weather permitting. The community is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
"We are excited to honor Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and enjoy it one last time," said Mayor Jeff Longwell. "While we're excited about the future of baseball in our community, we want to ensure we celebrate the vibrant part Lawrence-Dumont played in our community."
This event will continue in the event of inclement weather. Special thanks go to Schreck Financial Group, Jose Gutierrez and Asher Joseph of Farmers Insurance and Waste Connections for sponsorship of the event.
Wichita Park & Recreation supports 144 parks, eight recreation centers, eight swimming pools,
52 athletic fields, five golf courses, seven interactive fountains, and numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs, 5,000 acres of parks and 2,500 acres of rights-of-way.