Sedgwick County OKs upgrades for playground

Rotary Club members hope to expand the Sunrise Playscape playground at Sedgwick County Park.
Rotary Club members hope to expand the Sunrise Playscape playground at Sedgwick County Park. The Wichita Eagle

A playground at Sedgwick County Park designed for children with disabilities will get an upgrade.

Sedgwick County commissioners unanimously approved an updated agreement on Wednesday with a west-side Rotary Club so the group can add to the Boundless playscape.

The Sunrise Rotary Club of West Sedgwick County wants to start a three-year, $1 million fundraising campaign to add a maze, rubber track and accessible merry-go-round.

It wants to raise money to equip the handicapped-accessible playground with more climbing-rock areas, more shaded seating areas and new sound play equipment.

The group is starting “Play It Forward,” a fundraising and public awareness campaign for the upgrades, with a Sept. 30 launch event from 5 to 8 p.m. with games and food trucks at the park.

For the people of our community with abilities and disabilities, it’s made a powerful message of how we care about every citizen.

Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton

The Rotary Club approached the county in July after a recent survey.

Under the agreement, the county would help with grant-writing assistance, spend up to $7,750 on construction documents and design services and buy a family swing for up to $1,500. The swing will be the first new piece of equipment at the playscape.

The playground equipment becomes county property once construction is completed. Rotary members said the playground has boosted attendance at the park significantly.

“It doesn’t matter what ability or disability you may have. ... It really creates an opportunity for everyone to interact and play together,” said Brent Dome of the Rotary Club.

Commissioners thanked the group for the work they’ve done on the playscape.

More information about the club’s campaign can be found at www.sunriseplayscapewichita.com.

Daniel Salazar: 316-269-6791, @imdanielsalazar