Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44Pop-Up Urban Park “The Hole” on Douglas, located on the South side of Douglas Ave. between Main and Market, was not one of Downtown’s most welcoming destinations. “The Hole” came into existence in 2007 when redevelopment plans by the prior owner fell through. In recent years, a local development team, Bokeh Development, purchased “The Hole,” as well as both buildings immediately adjacent, the Caldwell Murdock Building to the West and Woolf Bros. Building to the east. In the last five years, Bokeh Development has successfully completed the Zelman Lofts, the Renfro and The LUX. These new projects contribute 115 new residential units, 210,000 SF of commercial space in Downtown and accomplish the vision set forth in the Master Plan. The initiative filled in the former hole with fill dirt from nearby development projects, and provided a crushed rock surfacing, temporary plantings, overhead lighting, furnishings, and art components. The space is activated daily by food trucks which serve lunch in the park. Since its transformation, hundreds of Downtown workers, residents, and visitors experience the park on a daily basis and its success has been tremendous. The WDDC worked with many partners on the project including students, artists and local businesses. Landscape architecture students from Kansas State provided preliminary design concepts and also designed and fabricated custom raised planters that also serve as bartop tables for dining. Additionally, the WDDC had the opportunity to work with graphic design students from Wichita State University on a poster campaign for the park. The art in the park was designed and produced for the park by local artists and students and add a touch of color and whimsy to the space. The design of the space is minimalistic and allows for the space to remain flexible for programmed activities. One permanent attraction was the inclusion of a concrete ping-pong table that has been a fan favorite for visitors. The park is a living example of the impact that the programming/ activation of space can have in an urban environment. It has succeeded in changing the public’s perception and also positively contributes to the walkability along Douglas Ave. and surrounding blocks. W D D C 4 0 Now in place of “The Hole” is a thriving urban space called the Pop-Up Urban Park, which celebrated its grand opening on September 25, 2015 with over 1,000 in attendance. The park project was made possible through a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation. Pop-Up Urban Park Grand Opening 121 E. Douglas Ave. September 2015 Pop-Up Urban Park Grand Opening 121 E. Douglas Ave. September 2015