Parks and Tourism en State Awards Grants For Trail Projects <p>A Kansas agency has awarded $2 million for development of 16 recreational trails projects, including a route through the Flint Hills region. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:57:13 +0000 Associated Press 21546 at Start Planning Your Float Trip, Arkansas River Is Now Easier To Access <p>People who enjoy boating on the Arkansas River now have a new place to access the river.</p><p>A public use floating dock was installed recently on the river behind Gander Mountain in downtown Wichita.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new dock was part of a long-time comprehensive plan by the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ark River Coalition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the city’s park board. The Wichita City Council adopted a resolution agreeing to allow for public use of the dock for the next decade.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:18:32 +0000 Carla Eckels 16586 at Start Planning Your Float Trip, Arkansas River Is Now Easier To Access Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:25:54 +0000 J. Schafer 16454 at Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011 New Kansas Park Proposed <p>The budgets proposed by the Kansas House and Senate include a plan to buy land in northeast Kansas for a new park.<br><br>The state parks department says it wants to buy 824 acres in Jefferson County for a park that would be used primarily for hunting and hiking.<br><br>The Lawrence Journal-World reports the three parcels of land in southern Jefferson County, east of Perry, have an appraised value of $1.2 million.<br> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:29:45 +0000 Associated Press 15734 at Free Admission to State Parks Saturday <p>There is free admission to all state parks Saturday for an open house hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.</p><p>It will also be the last chance to buy off-season annual camping and vehicle permits before the prices go up April 1.</p><p>For more information about each park&rsquo;s open house events, visit <a href="" style="color: rgb(0, 145, 158);"></a>.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:35:45 +0000 609 at