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2018 Conference Park Tours:
Passive vs. Active Parks

Tuesday- 2:45 pm - 5:00 pm

The Stryker Sports Complex is a $22 million STAR bonds initiative to promote youth soccer tournaments and other year round sports field use in northeast Wichita.  The park is currently under design and will feature ten outdoor artificial turf fields, a championship stadium and indoor sports field training facility.  The complex is located in a fast g rowing area that is well supported with new hotel development, shopping, dining and other recreational opportunities such as the Sports Forum just a short distance away.

Pracht Wetlands Park is a proposed passive use feature referred to as an “urban wetland park” and will provide park users the opportunity to learn the importance of wetland systems and the benefits they provide from an environmental and ecological perspective.  This proposed new park will include features such as a small parking area, visitor trailhead, a system of interconnected pathways, boardwalks and wildlife viewing stations with interpretative signage and graphics.  This property is one of the few remaining natural wetlands in Sedgwick County and its design elements will artistically celebrate its rich history of land stewardship.  

This Park Tour will start by meeting in the Chisholm Trails Room.


A Tale of Two Urban Parks

Wednesday- 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

In the heart of downtown Wichita, Naftzger Park will be undergoing a total transformation in order to meet today’s demands of urban living in a rapidly growing downtown core area.  This aging, traditionally designed Victorian styled park will be removed and reimagined into a modern day park.  Located on Douglas and just two blocks from Intrust Arena, it will be appropriate for pre and post events, as well as other downtown functions. Nearby development may include restaurants, residential and office space. 

A short drive down the road is Central Park in Derby, Kansas.  This $6.1 million premier park project, opened in late 2016 features a fantastic adventure playground appropriate designed for children of all abilities.  Other impressive features include an iconic enclosed shelter, outdoor amphitheater for small events, interactive water feature, outdoor patio with fireplace and a parking lot specially designed to treat stormwater before it’s discharged into the city’s system.

This Park Tour will start by meeting in the Oaks Room.


Add these tours when you register for the 2018 Conference. If you have already registered and would like to add either of these tours, please contact Kelli Maydew at (785)235-6533.

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