A plan for the future of Wichita’s Delano neighborhood now includes a master plan for a Ballpark Village that will surround the city’s new baseball stadium.
The Delano Neighborhood Revitalization Plan was adopted in 2001 but discussions began in 2017 to include a vision for a new stadium and museum district. A master plan for the Ballpark Village was developed by the city and the Greater Wichita Partnership economic development group. The Wichita city council has voted to update the Delano plan and add the Ballpark Village plan.
Scott Knebel said the Delano plan includes a redesign of McLean Boulevard between Douglas and Maple, a river plaza area on the west bank of the Arkansas River, a pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River, and a multi-use path between McLean and Seneca that is currently being designed.
Knebel said the city is continuing to work on a parking strategy for Delano and the downtown area. Delano business owner Jack Kellogg raised concerns with the city council this week about accessible parking for businesses in the area, and he is asking the council and developers to honor a commitment to provide parking spaces for the businesses and their customers.
Jeff Fluhr with the Greater Wichita Partnership said the Delano plan will work in conjunction with the Riverfront Master Plan that is currently being developed will help Wichita in creating a distinctive signature riverfront.