Renovated pools and new splash pads coming to Wichita

Rodney Price
October 15, 2019 - 12:01 pm
sunglasses by the pool on a sunny summer day

The Wichita City Council was busy with several items at their weekly meeting Tuesday.

The highlight was the council's approval of Phase 1 of the city's Aquatics Master plan, which will bring renovations to pools at Aley, MacAdams and Orchard.  It will also create new splash pads at the former Boston, Edgemoor and Evergreen pools.

This phase of the project will cost $14.15 million, and is set to be bid out next month, with construction taking place over the winter and spring months.  The city plans to open the new pools and splash pads next Memorial Day.

The second phase of the project is set to start in the fall of 2020.  Those renovated pools include the College Hill, Harvest and Minisa locations.  New splash pads will be built at Harrison, Linwood and Planeview.  Phase 2 is scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day 2021.

Overall, the city's Aquatics Master Plan will total more than $22 million.  

The council approved $24 million in industrial revenue bonds for the River Vista Apartments.

The city approved a lease for 108 parking spaces in the parking garage located at 121 south Emporia, which will be rented to the former Legacy building, set to be converted to office and retail space.

The council also approved the Special Liquor Tax Coalition 2020 funding recommendations, worth $1.24 million. 

$2.5 million was approved for next year's arterial water main projects at the following locations: the new baseball stadium/McLean realignment; 17th Street North from Broadway to I-135; and Mt. Vernon, from Broadway to Southeast Boulevard.

After considerable discussion, an agreement amendment with the Greater Wichita Partnership for economic development services was given the go-ahead, after a 6 to 1 vote.  The budget will increase from $300 thousand to $550 thousand for the rest of 2019.

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