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Memories Park to open Saturday at Sedgwick County Park

A wagon is pushed to its permanent place at the new Memories Park at Sedgwick County Park on Thursday. Memories Park will have its grand opening this Saturday.
A wagon is pushed to its permanent place at the new Memories Park at Sedgwick County Park on Thursday. Memories Park will have its grand opening this Saturday. The Wichita Eagle

Bob Goebel has built a chair.

A big chair.

“It’s basically 6 feet wide, 10 feet long and 8 feet and 6 inches tall, built on an Adirondack chair frame,” Goebel said. “I sit in it and feel like a child.”

The chair – along with a hay wagon, a vintage truck and other items – will be part of Memories Park, a place families or individuals can go to shoot photos using the items as backdrops.

Memories Park – a gift from Together Wichita 2014 – will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It is on the west side of Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st St. There will be photographers at the opening to help with family portraits.

Together Wichita 2014 is a community-wide initiative involving 22 local businesses and organizations that showcases the people and places that make Wichita special.

“I think this is a great city,” said Goebel, a retired executive vice president from Star Lumber’s retail division.

“What do I like here? You got a half a day to listen? We started our business with nothing. … This city has been good to us.”

Goebel also built five kiosks for the Together Wichita 2014 campaign. Each kiosk has a chalkboard and encourages people to write down what it is that makes Wichita special to them and take a selfie to share on social media.

The group also is responsible for the “I live here, I love it!” campaign and the Keepers on Parade project, which aims to place dozens of 10-foot fiberglass replicas of the Keeper of the Plains statue across Wichita.

“It’s all about getting people to think about this city in a positive way,” Goebel said.

Businesses participating in Together Wichita 2014 include:

Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., CPAs and Advisors; Cox Machine; Dondlinger & Sons Construction; Intrust Bank; Newman University; Friends University; United Way of the Plains; The Wichita Eagle; Armstrong Chamberlin Strategic Marketing; Davis-Moore Automotive; Foulston Siefkin LLP; J.R. Custom Metal Products; Spirit AeroSystems; J.P. Weigand & Sons; Wichita State University; Berry Companies; Delta Dental of Kansas; High Touch Technologies; Meritrust Credit Union; Star Lumber and Supply; Westar Energy; and Yingling Aviation.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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