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Westar's parent company, Evergy, contributes $1.4 million to transform Wichita's Naftzger Park

August 22, 2018 - 4:51 pm
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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Downtown Wichita development plans got a major boost Wednesday thanks to a $1.4 million commitment from Evergy to transform Naftzger Park. 

The redesign of Naftzger Park is part of the overall public-private Spaghetti Works redevelopment
plan. Plans include new retail, office and residential space as part of TGC Development Group's
investment. The City of Wichita, with architectural partners SWA Balsley, led a community input
process earlier this year to reimagine Naftzger Park.

Evergy's commitment provides additional design and programming elements including a video board, sound system and iconic stage, all which will allow robust programming for concerts, sporting events and movie nights for the community

"This park is going to provide a central gathering point for Wichitans and visitors to come together
downtown," said Terry Bassham, Evergy president and CEO. "Public-private partnerships and community leadership are vital to thriving communities. We are excited to be a part of Wichita's downtown redevelopment and growth." 

TGC Development Group will host a groundbreaking for the project at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at 698 E. Williams St.

Evergy was formed when Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy, which operates KCP&L, merged
in June. 

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