Boston Park has a new playground.
Thanks to a generous donation of manpower and funds from Together Wichita, Harrison Park now has a dog park. The project includes fencing, doggie drinking fountains and wash stations, shelters, benches, picnic tables and dog play/agility equipment. There is plenty of shade, open areas for games of fetch, and a hill for large dogs to run up and down. In front of the dog park is a Keeper on Parade statue, also donated by Together Wichita, decorated with paintings of man’s best friend.
As part of Project Downtown, the Master Plan for Wichita, Naftzger Park is undergoing a major renovation. The project is a public/private collaboration with TGC Development Group, SWA/Balsley and Hutton Construction, along with a generous donation from Evergy. This new
urban space will include a pavilion with lighting, sound, and a video screen; space for food trucks; outdoor seating; a small “bark park”; open space and other amenities. It should be completed in the spring of 2020, becoming a hub for Old Town, Downtown and the Intrust Bank Arena.
Hutton Construction completed Phases I and II of the $7.2 million design, including the trailhead, two legs of the boardwalk, the duck blind and the plum thicket pause point. In addition to the capital project, Westar (now Evergy) Green Team cleared the east portion of perimeter path and will return to build two pedestrian bridges. These environmentally sensitive improvements preserve the wetlands, allowing the public to enter and experience this unique urban ecosystem.
Redbud Park has a new playground. The Playground features a special element with a Farm and Art market them for children ages 2-5 years old as well as other conventional play features geared towards children 5-12 years old. The new playground replaces an existing structure with sand surfacing with newer and safer features that are on a poured in place rubberized surfacing for total ADA accessibility and compliance.
|Stryker Sports Complex|
Added a Press box and bleacher seating on the north and south ends of Championship Stadium and an indoor facility was completed. Artificial turf fields were installed to replace the existing grass fields. $1.5 million in athletic field lighting added to the park. The parking lot has been improved by Pearson Construction.
|Westside Athletic Field|
the City of Wichita and Friends University reached an agreement regarding the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (Westside Athletic Field). Friends University will make improvements to the field that include installing artificial turf on the infield, a more than $300,000 investment. In exchange for this, Friends will have access to the field for their collegiate baseball games, practices, and potential tournaments. The City will continue to use the field for league play as well as field rentals to USD 259.