City Council OKs improvements to Chisholm Creek Park

06/18/2013 6:11 PM

06/18/2013 6:13 PM

Improvements are coming to Chisholm Creek Park.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a project to demolish a dilapidated farmhouse, barn and milk shed on the park’s west side, make repairs to the K-96 bike path and refurbish signs for the Great Plains Nature Center. The park is located along 29th Street North between Oliver and Woodlawn.

A park employee has moved out of the farmhouse, making now a good time to remove those buildings and restore the area, said Doug Kupper, director of Wichita Parks and Recreation.

The $250,000 budget for the project will come from the Capital Improvement Program – half of which will be used for the buildings’ demolition.

The council also approved applying for a Federal Lands Access Program grant. If the grant is approved, which may happen by August, the city will contribute 20 percent – $125,000 – of the estimated $625,000 cost of a project to improve the park’s bike and pedestrian trails. The 20 percent will come from the $250,000 in Capital Improvement Program funds.

There is a sidewalk connecting the K-96 trail to the Great Plains Nature Center. Under city law, bikes are not allowed to ride on sidewalks, so the plan will be to either widen the sidewalk to make it a multi-purpose route or create a separate path, Kupper said.

If all funds are approved, the projects are expected to be completed by spring 2014.

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