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Enjoy improvements to Wichita parks, trails

One recent improvement was the new locomotive for the train at O.J. Watson Park.
One recent improvement was the new locomotive for the train at O.J. Watson Park.

Wichitans will be able to enjoy some nice improvements to several city parks and trails this summer – with some additional improvements still in the works.

The city recently dedicated a new turf baseball field and other improvements at McAdams Park, between 13th and 17th streets along I-135. The field is used by League 42, a nonprofit that helps kids learn to play baseball.

This month the city officially opened a new bike trail that runs from near the Great Plains Nature Center, near 29th Street North and Woodlawn, north to near the K-96 freeway, then west across the nature park from Woodlawn to Oliver. It also dedicated the Redbud Trail, which extends from Murdock and I-135 to 17th and Woodlawn and includes plaza areas honoring prominent African-Americans in Wichita’s history.

Another recent improvement was the new locomotive for the train at O.J. Watson Park near McLean and 31st Street South.

The city is also nearing completion of an interactive water playground at Buffalo Park near Maize and Central.

In addition to these improvements, the city also will offer many classes and events at its parks and recreation centers this summer. The city’s neighborhood swimming pools are also now open, with a free-swim day planned for each pool this summer (starting Sunday at the Harvest Park pool in northwest Wichita).

Parks are an important part of the city’s quality of life. Kudos to the Wichita City Council and the park board for making these investments.

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