Politics & Government

Commission OKs upgrades to park, Extension Center lot

A boy fishes on the shore of one of the lakes at Sedgwick County Park.
A boy fishes on the shore of one of the lakes at Sedgwick County Park. File photo

Sedgwick County commissioners approved bids to upgrade county property at the Sedgwick County Park and Extension Center.

They approved an $89,974 project that would grade and surface part of the Sedgwick County Extension Center parking lot at 21st and Ridge Road.

“It’s going to be a significant improvement and a good start,” said Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, whose district includes the Extension Center.

Public Works Director David Spears said the work would be done during the week and would not affect the farmers market at the Extension Center on Saturdays. Flint Hills Materials will complete the project.

The county also approved $111,339 in accessibility upgrades to Sedgwick County Park to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Farha Construction was the winning bidder.

The project includes new concrete sidewalks, an accessible ramp, parking and striping, and accessible picnic tables and charcoal grills. It also includes a new accessible shelter.

Scenes from Great Plains Renaissance Festival on Sunday at Sedgwick County Park. (Video by Beccy Tanner/April 24, 2016)

A volunteer group including Mike Bowyer hope to boost interest and sales for local organic farmers by improving their marketing with online contact lists and markets.