For the first time in years, a large hole in downtown Wichita has been filled. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, a small park, called a pop-up, will soon take its place.
Smack dab in the middle of downtown, along Douglas Street, a small parcel of dilapidated land is ready for some rejuvenation.
The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation received a grant last year of over $140,000 to build a pop-up park. The “hole”, as the site has come to be known, is the result of redevelopment plans falling through in 2007.
Developers for the pop-up park have been waiting on tons of donated dirt and finally got their hands on some from local building sites.
The developers say the park should be completed by the end of September and will include food truck spaces and movie nights.
The park is temporary and will be open until the owners of the property decide to build on it. That’s expected to be in 3 to 5 years.