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Wichita Park & Recreation officials announced a change in the name of the department’s mascot on Monday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The mascot was introduced as Buddy the Bison in late April, but officials were later notified that Buddy the Bison has an existing trademark. Troy Houtman, the Director of Park & Recreation, said the bison's name was changed to Barry to avoid trademark infringement.

Does Wichita Have Enough Parks?

Jun 5, 2013
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 A report released Wednesday from The Trust for Public Land on the nation's park systems ranks Wichita 34th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities.

ParkScore rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches, with Wichita earning two. Wichita scored well on median park size but was hurt by low marks for park and playground access.