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Support Our Parks by Showing Pride in Wichita!

The Wichita Parks Foundation is proud to announce the “Plates for Parks” campaign to create a Wichita flag-themed state license plate.  The license plates, similar to those currently available for state universities, will prominently feature the recognizable Wichita flag.  A $50 annual royalty fee for the new license plate will go directly to the Wichita Parks Foundation.  

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What is Plates for Parks?

The Foundation was presented with a unique fundraising idea after discussion with Wichita City Councilman Bryan Frye and his staff.  A long-time advocate of the city’s park system and the Foundation’s mission, Councilman Frye approached the Foundation with the idea of creating a custom license plate which could provide funding for future park projects and programs in the city.  The Wichita flag as the centerpiece of the license plate was a natural fit because of its popularity and representation of the pride in our city.  Thus, the Plates for Parks program was born.

 Proposed artwork for the new license plate that will benefit the Wichita Parks Foundation.

Proposed artwork for the new license plate that will benefit the Wichita Parks Foundation.

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What will Plates for Parks Support?

The $50 annual royalty fee for the license plates will go to the Wichita Parks Foundation and will support improvements in our parks.  In early 2017, we worked with Park and Recreation Department staff to review a list of needed improvements in our parks, including items like picnic shelters, drinking fountains, as well as other enhancements, including those needed in our city dog parks.  With the plates now a reality, our baord will work with Park staff to deevlop a list of early projects to support.

As a preliminary project, the Foundation’s board of directors will review the Pracht Wetlands Park project. Funds generated will also go to our scholarship fund which is an effort to ensure Wichita children are not denied the benefits of public recreation due to the inability to pay.

“As the Foundation has grown, we have continuously sought ways to broaden our ability to advocate for and support Wichita’s park and recreation system”, says Brent Thomas, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  “The proceeds from the new Plates for Parks license plate campaign will allow us to fund improvements and programs in parks around the city, which will further enhance the quality of our parks for all users.”

 

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How can I get a plate?

The plate was authorized by the State legislature in April 2018.  The bill, sponsored by Wichita Senator Oletha Faust- Goudeau and supported by the Wichita legislative delegation, will become law in July 2018.  Based on that schedule, the first plates will be issued at county tag offices on Janaury 1, 2019.

When the bill was introduced, as a demonstration of support, the Wichita Parks Foundation needed to gather commitments from 500 residents who pledge to buy the plate when available in 2019.  Within weeks of the announcement, the Foundation had pledges from local companies, such as Cornejo Construction, Hutton Construction and Metro Courier, to purchase plates for their fleet vehicles. 

Supporters are asked to sign up for a plate by adding their name to the committment list, linked below.  Signing up is free to do and will not require supporters to purchase the plate.  Information gathered will be used to keep supporters updated throughout the legislative process, remind them to contact their local legislators to offer support, and inform as to when the plates will be available from tag offices statewide.