Air Capital Insider

Eisenhower Airport to get a play area

One of the less-known additions to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport’s new terminal received final approval from the Wichita City Council on Tuesday.

The council approved plans for the purchase and installation of a jungle-themed children’s play area inside gate one at the Eisenhower terminal.

The play area, designed and manufactured by Colorado-based Playtime, will include four sculpted foam animals — a white tiger and cub, a giraffe, a rhinoceros and a hippopotamus — that children can climb on and through, an interactive touch screen, soft flooring and a parent seating area with temporary storage for children’s shoes.

The council on Tuesday approved the airport’s contract with Playtime to design, manufacture and install the play area.

The contract is for $85,000, which will be paid for from the budget for the new terminal, which opened in June.

Victor White, the city’s director of airports, told members of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board on Monday that he expected installation of the play area to take about three months following council approval.