Ribbon-cutting celebrates new neighborhood park in SE Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The City of Wichita and community leaders cut a ribbon for one of the city's newest parks southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn.

Fabrique Neighborhood Park is a formerly unutilized piece of floodway property that now consists of a climbing rock, a playground and benches and grills.

Wichita City Council member James Clendenin who helped the Fabrique Neighborhood Association secure funding for the project from money available through the city's sale of the Hyatt hotel says plans call for the planting of trees at the park after the New Year.

He says green spaces like parks are "extremely important for the vitality of our neighborhoods."

"They provide safety. They provide an area for the community to gather, for people to get to know each other," Clendenin says.

The Fabrique Neighborhood stretches north to south form Kellogg to Harry and west to east from Edgemoor to Woodlawn. There are about 1,200 homes in the area developed in the 1950s.

Fabrique Neighborhood Association President Dave Robbins says the park development is part of the effort to make the neighborhood attractive for young families to buy homes.

"I see this as the City of Wichita investing back into the neighborhood," he says.