City of Wichita

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State and local leaders will join with Wichita residents this weekend to celebrate improvements made to Ninth Street from Hillside to I-135.

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Stormy weather last week affected overall attendance at this year’s Riverfest in Wichita.

Wichita Festivals, the nonprofit that runs Riverfest, says about 445,000 people took in concerts, activities and fireworks during the nine-day downtown celebration that wrapped up Saturday.

Electric Scooters Set To Come To Downtown Wichita

Jun 4, 2019
City of Wichita

Wichita is a step closer to having electric scooters on city streets.

The Wichita City Council endorsed a new electric scooter pilot program at its meeting Tuesday. If the program receives final approval next week, electric scooters could be in downtown Wichita by late summer.

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This story was updated on Thursday, May 16

A change in leadership is coming to Wichita’s arts and cultural services division.

Longtime manager John D’Angelo resigned April 26. City officials say he left to take a similar job in Oxnard, California, but that might not have happened. This week, Oxnard announced layoffs in arts and culture, and proposed closing its performing arts center and a museum, according to the Ventura County Star.

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A famous Wurlitzer pipe organ has been based at Wichita’s Century II for about as long as the performing arts center has been open. With Century II’s future in question, the organ’s caretakers are working to increase public and city support so the Wurlitzer can remain in Wichita. 

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Wichita leaders are holding a ceremony on Saturday morning to show off improvements made to Pawnee Prairie Park.

The park, located off south Tyler in southwest Wichita, has long been known for its horseback riding trail system. Miles of dirt paths wind along Cowskin Creek and through abundant wildlife.

The trail system was renamed Plumlee Trails in the 1980s in honor of Marsh and Irene Plumlee, who were instrumental in the acquisition of the land by the City of Wichita and in developing the trail system.

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Two hours of public comment didn’t change the outcome of the Wichita City Council’s vote on a deal to sell land around the new baseball stadium for private development.

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A city-appointed committee is recommending that Wichita build a new performing arts facility instead of renovating Century II.

The Century II Citizens Advisory Committee spent the past year talking to experts, reviewing research and getting input from the public. The committee presented its findings and recommendations to Wichita city leaders Tuesday.

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The city of Wichita has unveiled new renderings of the future baseball stadium in Delano.

Construction crews will have just more than a year to finish the stadium in time for the 2020 baseball season.

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Water and sewer rates for Wichita residents are staying where they are — for now.