Many Wichitans will question whether this is the right time for the city to commit $1.56 million in capital improvement funds over the next two years to help expand Botanica. But the request the Wichita City Council will consider today has been long in the making and comes with an impressive $3.2 million in private matching funds behind it. At this point, the council should not turn its back on either city-owned Botanica or its generous donors, including Barry and Paula Downing. The recession won't last forever. If the council can get the funds flowing and the earth moving, the new Downing Children's Garden at Botanica will be around for generations of kids to enjoy.