Parks & Green Spaces
Enhancing community spaces as Wichita’s core grows.
Downtown Wichita is everybody’s neighborhood. From Downtown dwellers and workers to out of town visitors, parks and green spaces play an integral role in the welcoming environment of Wichita’s urban core. The perfect spot for a picnic, recreational activity, special outing, or major event, Downtown parks provide unique opportunities for the Wichita community to interact and connect in a natural, comfortable setting.
In 2015 the new Pop-Up Urban Park was built at 121 E. Douglas as an interim step in the redevelopment of the site. The Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation funded this new park. Learn more
Visit the City of Wichita Parks & Recreation Department website for summer classes for kids, sports leagues, visitor's guide, community recreation centers and much more.
Learn about the ways Wichita is working to improve parks and open spaces throughout the city. Review the 2016 Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Plan.
Pop-Up Urban Park
River Bike Ride
Family at Water Wall
401 W. Douglas
The park is named after the late A. Price Woodard, Jr., former Mayor of Wichita. It is a multi-level park, accentuated by waterfalls, fountains, pool and an amphitheater. The landscape design for the area ranges from semi-formal in the main plaza adjacent to Douglas Avenue and the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center to naturalistic in those areas adjoining the river. Land for this park was acquired in 1972 from the Urban Renewal Agency.
121 W. Douglas Ave
This small half-acre multi-level park in the Downtown area east of Century II was acquired in 1970 from the Urban Renewal Agency. The park is named in memory of one of Wichita's early pioneers who played an important role in the history of the City. He served as Mayor of the City of Wichita for three 1-year terms at the turn of the century and was instrumental in obtaining land and river frontage for the Riverside Parks and the park boulevard system. Complete with benches, pools, waterfalls and fountains, this well landscaped mini-park is a welcome relief for visitors and workers in the Downtown area.
115 E. William
Heritage Square Park was conveyed to the Board of Park Commissioners in May, 1978. Located in Downtown directly east of the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, the small park consists of many plantings of trees, shrubbery and flowers. A gazebo, free-form rock fountain pool, statue add to the turn-of-the-century atmosphere of the park. The Ernest Trova sculpture "Gox #4" was placed in the park and dedicated November 20, 1987. In 2014 the Historical Museum took over as caretaker of the park, and hosts a multitude of museum programming in it.
300 N. Water St.
A small park located in the Downtown area near the Epic Center to help beautify the Downtown area.
102 S. St. Francis
Naftzger Park was acquired by the City of Wichita in 1980 and is located in the heart of Downtown Wichita, directly north of INTRUST Bank Arena. The park contains many beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs, and grass, accenting the waterfall that flows into a pond. Park benches and a gazebo add to the park's Victorian style as well as providing a quiet haven in the Downtown area.
121 E. Douglas Ave.
"The Hole" on Douglas Ave in Downtown Wichita has transformed into a Temporary Pop-Up Urban Park thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation fund of the Wichita Community Foundation. The park is activated daily with food truck vendors and provides a space for outdoor activities.
205 E. Douglas
This pocket park on Douglas Avenue between Market and Broadway contains ornamental paving, lighting, an interactive water fountain, bronze sculptures, and seating.
645 S. St. Francis
Wichita's first public skatepark was designed by world-renowed skate park designer, Wally Hollyday. The park is open from dawn to dusk and is located underneath the Kellogg overpass, directly south of the Commerce Arts District.