City of Wichita

City of Wichita

Wichita City Council members on Tuesday approved a firm to design the water playgrounds that will replace several of the city’s pools.

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Wichita leaders and advisory board members are meeting this week with a national expert on building financially strong communities.

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Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library is nearing its grand opening.

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Work is beginning on a new urban wetlands park in northwest Wichita. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday for the park at 29th Street and Maize Road.

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The city of Wichita is considering two development projects for the Topeka Street firehouse.

One project would turn the building into a learning lab for Butler Community College’s hospitality and culinary arts programs.

The other project would create a commercial property providing small spaces and common seating to start-ups, freelancers, artists and businesses.

Mayor Jeff Longwell says developers will provide details at an open house on Thursday.

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A distinctive City of Wichita license plate will be available beginning January 2019 to help support city parks.

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Wichita’s Central Library downtown will close for good on May 6 after more than 50 years of service. Library staff members are preparing for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library which is set to open in mid-June.

The modern new library at Second Street and McLean is nearly complete. Crews are now setting up the building technologies and installing hundreds of bookshelves.

A moving company has been selected. Bids have been awarded for new furniture.

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The youth baseball season begins Monday for League 42 in Wichita.

The non-profit baseball organization is based out of McAdams Park near downtown, but some games are moving to Linwood Park while crews finish field renovations at McAdams.

Construction delays due to high winds and cold weather forced organizers to push back opening ceremonies to next Monday.

Bob Lutz, the executive director of League 42, says renovation work at two ball diamonds is nearly complete.

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Work is scheduled to start next month on improvements to the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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A neighborhood association is creating a plan to improve safety in downtown Wichita’s growing communities.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association started last year with the goal of bringing together people who live and work in Delano, Old Town, Commerce Street and the Douglas Design District.

Association President Jason Van Sickle says the group is developing initiatives to improve safety in these neighborhoods.

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