First signs of a revitalized downtown Topeka begin to sprout

Published: Feb. 19, 2016 at 1:44 PM CST
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The first signs of a revitalized downtown Topeka are sprouting up.

A new pocket park has been completed at 8th and Kansas. It is the first of eight pocket parks that will dot every block downtown.

This park features solar panels that will collect solar energy that will be go to the Westar solar energy grid, an LED light display during night, and will be a wifi hot spot. The park also had space for performances.

Downtown Topeka Inc. President and CEO Vince Frye says that in 2008 downtown redevelopment was a number one priority for residents, and their vision is now becoming a reality.

“Eight years later we’re going to have something that they’re going to be proud of,” Frye said. “It’s going to being new businesses downtown and this will be a gathering sport for the community for year to come and place that we’ll all be proud of.”

A dedication for the park will be held Feb. 25 at 11:00 a.m.