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Wichita opens wetlands park in migratory bird resting spot

July 9, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita has opened a 91-acre (36.8 hectare) wetland park in an area where thousands of migratory birds stop each year.

The Wichita Eagle reports that visitors to the Pracht Wetlands Park can walk over galvanized-steel boardwalks and watch birds behind two observation points that are similar to duck blinds. Eventually there will be a half-mile loop of boardwalk circling the northern half of the park with multiple observation points and an observation tower.

The total budget for the project is around $7.5 million. The City Council representative for the area, Bryan Frye, says that just under $2 million has been invested in it so far.

Just to the west of the park, a major new retail-and-restaurant development is in the works. Frye described the project as “an eco-tourism opportunity.”

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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