It's outstanding news that the Wichita Boathouse has had its $650,000 renovation and reopened for business — exactly what the community hoped for when it protested a proposal to bulldoze it. Thanks are due to city officials for heeding citizens and to benefactor Bill Koch, whose donations again gave the Boathouse new life and purpose — this time as home to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame as well as an atmospheric riverfront venue for special events. The best way the community can express its gratitude for seeing the Boathouse saved is by visiting the first-floor sports museum when it opens in August and by booking and enjoying the rest of the facility. The Boathouse, which came close to being a casualty of WaterWalk, should not be allowed to fall into disrepair again. Instead, it can be a valuable asset within WaterWalk.
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