One river. One vision. One master plan.
In response to the recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community organizations and their leadership came together to take the next step to create a comprehensive master plan and vision that connects projects and both banks of the Arkansas River.
Lead organizations involved alongside WCF are Downtown Wichita, Greater Wichita Partnership, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, W - A Community of Young Professionals and Visit Wichita, all working together through the regional vision and action plan Project Wichita. These private-sector organizations will work closely with public partners City of Wichita and Sedgwick County, other community organizations and area neighborhoods.
Calling it the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan, leaders of the community organizations affirmed that the vision and plan would consider all elements together, including a performing arts center, convention center, Century II, the former library, pedestrian bridge and open riverfront gathering space, as well as connecting elements from Kellogg to Douglas, west bank development, downtown and area neighborhoods.
Members of the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan coalition asked global architectural design firm Populous to lead the design team and bring a bold, forward-thinking plan back to the community. RCLCO Real Estate Advisors conducted an analysis to provide a market-driven plan, and Olin Studio, a worldwide leader in landscape architecture and urban design, provided scenario designs based on input from previous studies and the public.
After four and a half months filled with community engagement, data from previous studies and market-based research, the design team presented the comprehensive plan in January. With designs focused on maximum use of green space, activation of the river and a new performing arts center and convention center, the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan is one that defines a bold vision for the future, according to those involved in its development. See more of the final recommendations here.