Could a 420-acre swath of prairie next to a landfill one day become a park with a large lake and regional attractions like a pulley system that tugs water skiers and wake boarders around?
Wichita Park Board members believe so — and, Tuesday, Wichita City Council members will reflect on the idea during a workshop discussion.
The conceptual plan for a Kingsbury park northeast of K-96 and Hoover Road would create a 215-acre lake dredged by sand mining, which Quik Sand Inc. has already started. The full lake could take another 15 years to build.
But once complete — and if the city can find $60 million to $100 million — it could be the site of 14 miles of trails, water sports, a festival lawn that could handle 20,000 people, scuba diving, large-scale picnic areas, paddle boat rentals and swimming beaches.
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