As warmer months quickly approach, there’s no better place to traverse than our community parks, thanks to the ample recreation opportunities they provide. This is especially true in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been isolated and forced to stay inside to avoid contracting the virus. The importance of outdoor spaces and the ability to stay socially distanced makes parks an ideal place to gather safely.
In Wichita, there are more than 144 parks and greenways spanning 5,000 acres with nearly 90 playgrounds between them. There are also eight recreation centers and numerous classes and community engagement activities for residents.
“Parks provide more than just a place to be outside, they are great for our physical and mental health,” said Troy Houtman, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Wichita. “You can connect back to nature. It’s a place for physical activity where you can go for a walk, go play Frisbee, play tennis or basketball, take your dog for a walk and more.”
Some additional options maintained by the city include four municipal golf courses, six updated swimming pools, twelve splash pads, Botanica and three interesting properties.
“We have three cemeteries that we maintain,” said Houtman. “So with our activities for newborns, we take care of people from birth all the way to death.”
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