Over the last decade, Downtown Wichita has undergone a significant transformation, with new developments and renovations contributing to a vibrant and thriving urban core. Here are some of the most notable developments that have taken place in Downtown Wichita over the last ten years:
Revitalized Douglas Avenue:
Douglas Avenue, the main thoroughfare through Downtown Wichita, has undergone a significant transformation over the last decade. The avenue has been widened and sidewalks have been improved, making it more pedestrian-friendly. New street lighting, public art installations, and landscaping have also been added to enhance the street’s aesthetic appeal.
This science museum underwent a $30 million renovation in 2019, creating new exhibits and experiences for visitors. The renovated museum features interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a new outdoor playground.
The Ambassador Hotel:
The historic Ambassador Hotel, which originally opened in 1926, underwent a $22 million renovation in 2012, restoring the building to its former grandeur. The hotel features 117 guest rooms, a rooftop bar, and a restaurant.
The historic Union Station building, which was built in 1914, underwent a $54 million renovation in 2010, creating a mixed-use development featuring apartments, retail space, and a coworking space.
In 2020, construction began on Riverfront Stadium, a new minor league baseball stadium located on the banks of the Arkansas River. The stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2021, will be home to the Wichita Wind Surge, a Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
Advanced Learning Library:
The Advanced Learning Library opened in 2018, offering a modern and interactive space for learning and exploration. The library features a collection of over 100,000 books, state-of-the-art technology, and a range of programs and services for all ages.
Naftzger Park underwent a $4 million renovation in 2019, creating a new public space that includes a playground, splash pad, and outdoor seating areas. The park also hosts a range of events and activities throughout the year.
These are just a few of the many developments that have taken place in Downtown Wichita over the last decade. With a mix of historic preservation, new construction, and revitalized public spaces, Downtown Wichita has become a dynamic and exciting place to live, work, and visit.
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