Beginning Tuesday, March 7, work to replace the turf at Naftzger Park, 601 E. Douglas, in downtown Wichita will begin. Work is expected to last three weeks.
The work will include replacement of the grass in the park to artificial turf and add additional trees to the park. In late 2022, the City Council approved replacement of the grass to artificial turf due to wear and tear from activity on the real grass lawn. The artificial turf will be more durable and require less maintenance than the natural grass.
“Since renovating Naftzger Park, we have seen a surge of increased activity and programming in the space,” said Park and Recreation Director Troy Houtman. “This is fantastic, but because of this increased use, the natural grass we put down has been difficult to maintain. The artificial turf will ensure that the space is usable for the community year-round. The artificial turf will also help us save on irrigation – which is especially helpful during the current drought.”
Ten parking spaces on St. Francis will be blocked off during the duration of the renovation.