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A neighborhood coalition is developing a unique type of park in southeast Wichita. A "grandparents park" will be created on city-owned property near Kellogg Drive and Estelle.
The Wichita City Council agreed to accept a $15,000 donation from AARP to provide a sidewalk and an exercise station.
The project was created by the Schweiter, Schweiter East, and Sunnyside neighborhoods, working together in a coalition known as the Tri S. Residents from the neighborhoods have been looking at community needs for the area, and they solicited the donation from AARP.
Wichita Parks and Recreation Director Doug Kupper said the property is already owned and maintained by the city, so there will not be an additional cost to the city's general fund. He said the donation will be used to construct a sidewalk that will join with existing sidewalks on three sides of the property. The funds will also be used for benches and two trees for the park.
A groundbreaking will be held at 11 a.m. Friday to officially begin construction on the pocket park. Kupper said the park has been designed to allow for additional features, including a play area for toddlers, if more donations are provided in the future. He said with good weather, the walking path could be done by the end of the year, and the rest of the park will be put together in the spring.