Buffalo Park during construction. New Building with restrooms and the beginnings of the Water Playground are pictured.
Recent improvements to northwest Wichita’s Buffalo Park were unveiled today at a City of Wichita ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located at 10201 Hardtner just off of Maize Road, the newly improved park features a prairie-themed design.
The park has gained several amenities, including a brand new water playground, restrooms, two shelters, and additional parking space.
The water playground highlights the following:
- A buffalo head with eyes that light and nostrils that mist.
- Indian grass sculptures reminiscent of the tallgrass prairie.
- Limestone walls and seats representing the nearby Flint Hills.
- Native grass plantings surrounding the area.
- A plaza of varied colored concrete in the shape of a grass seed head.
“This splash water play feature will be an example of the ongoing commitment of the City to provide safe activities that improve our quality of life,” said Council member Bryan Frye, whose west-side District V includes Buffalo Park.”
The project required a budget of $1.65 million, including $250,000 in Land & Water Conservation funds which were administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Wichita’s 2011-2020 CIP includes $500,000 in 2012 and $500,000 in 2013 for Buffalo Park construction. The base project’s funding is sourced from General Obligation Bonds.
Wichita Park & Recreation supports 52 athletic fields, nine swimming pools, eight recreation centers, six interactive fountains, five golf courses, numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs and 2,407 acres of rights-of-way.