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Donor, city to provide security for College Hill trick or treat

City officials announced Monday they will provide security assistance for the annual College Hill Halloween trick-or-treat party.

Last year, more than 4,000 children and parents converged on the east Wichita neighborhood.

Wichita police officers will be stationed in the neighborhood and some streets will be closed, said John D'Angelo, director of the city's Arts and Culture Department.

Fountain and Belmont Streets will be closed from Douglas to First Street. Broadview will be closed from Douglas to Second. No through traffic will be allowed from 5 to 11 p.m. Only residents will be allowed to enter and exit from the streets.

D'Angelo said an anonymous donor is paying for most of the security and police staffing for the event. Cornejo & Sons is providing street barricades.

D'Angelo said $350 is still needed to help cover expenses. People interested in making a donation can send it to the Arts Council, 334 N. Mead at Wichita, KS. 67202.

Last year, the future of "Halloween Street" seemed to be in jeopardy when city leaders asked that $1,800 be raised to pay for the police and barricades in the 100 block of Broadview and the surrounding area. But donations and volunteers made it possible for the event to be held.

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