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One year ago this week, hundreds of people gathered on the Newman University campus for the "big reveal" of a new plan to redevelop Wichita’s downtown riverfront.

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Wichita’s minor league baseball team is set to become part of the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

The Wind Surge said Wednesday it has been invited to be Minnesota’s Double-A affiliate.

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After five years, the pop-up park in downtown Wichita has closed for good.

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WICHITA, Kansas — At the start of 2020, Wichita dreamed of a $1 billion face-lift alongside the Arkansas River, complete with a new performing arts center, a new convention hall and wide green spaces.

That vision for the future in Wichita, and in other Kansas communities, has been put on hold for months or years — if not completely torn up — by COVID-19’s economic and public health impact.

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Wichita Festivals announced Tuesday that it is canceling this year’s River Festival due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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After almost two years of construction, the newly remodeled Naftzger Park officially opened to the public Thursday — but without the planned fanfare.

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The Wichita Park Board on Wednesday signed off on an agreement to allow businesses next to Naftzger Park to use some park land for private patio seating.

The board unanimously approved a 3-year use agreement with Douglas Development LLC, the group that owns the building east of the 1-acre park in downtown Wichita.

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The second round of community engagement events for the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan process is next week.

The Urban Explorations events on Sept. 24-25 provide a chance for Wichitans to take part in a walking tour along the riverfront and learn about some of the proposed plans and ideas the design committee is discussing. A question-and-comment session will follow each tour.

Susie Santo is president of Visit Wichita and a member of the planning committee. She says community interaction and feedback is essential to help the plan move in the direction that Wichita wants. 

Kick Push: Rental Scooters Are Now On Wichita Streets

Jul 15, 2019
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Electric scooters have hit the streets of Wichita.

Mayor Jeff Longwell held a small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning at the corner of Second and Main streets, officially launching the program.

"This new method of transportation will add vibrancy to our downtown, and it'll make getting around a little easier," Longwell said.

Transit director Mike Tann says that 500 scooters were deployed Monday around the downtown area, but more than 1,100 will be available over the next few weeks.


A coalition of community organizations will create a master plan for development along the Arkansas River in coming months.