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Art will enhance Sedgwick County Park

The Sedgwick County Commission unanimously took a welcome step Wednesday toward working with the Arts Council to create an art garden in Sedgwick County Park — a natural venue within the park for permanent artworks and family-friendly arts events. Any public funding would come later, but with their action commissioners have endorsed the value of public art — something more associated locally with the extensive public art program initiated by the late Wichita City Manager Chris Cherches. "I think it will be a marvelous addition to the park," County Commissioner Gwen Welshimer said of the art garden. In 2007, the county put a privately funded art proposal for the park on permanent hold, after a few people fretted that it had pagan or cultlike religious connotations.