The inspiration behind the Wichita River Walk
Many of our members attended all the public meetings offered by the city and the out-of-town firm that was hired to create a plan. We even met with the city officials in an attempt to help and assist in the final direction that the other plan was proposing. We were disappointed to learn that the other study cost the city of Wichita $700,000.
As presented, the proposal from the other group did not inspire us nor most of the citizens. It would not generate the revenues that would be needed to support itself and it would not generate any additional business development or tourism for Wichita or the surrounding area. One of the biggest flaws in their proposal was the lack of any significant effort to save Century II in a way that will make it relevant to the community again.
Upon seeing the final result, our members came to the consensus that Wichita was not being served well.
Wichita deserves better!
Our concept, the Wichita River Walk, proposes a brand new Century II District. It also proposes a series of destinations along the river that will provide quality attractions to the city’s best asset, the Arkansas River. The plan will bring a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, a Museum that will embrace our Air Capital of The World Title and an Innovation Center, an International Market, an Oceanic History Aquarium, Indoor water parks, restaurants, and many other attractions that Wichita not only needs but deserves. NO other plan has proposed such an ambitious and innovative plan that will allow Wichita to be a national leader in this 21st Century.
This project will not only generate many construction jobs in the near term, but the real advantage will come from the long-term job creation in the proposed new venues as well as that of our local and regional industries.
We are working diligently behind the scenes to help continue and foster Wichita’s history of innovation and entrepreneurship. The world is changing. Products and services are constantly evolving and with forward thinking, we are poised to become an innovation leader in our region of the country.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS PENUMBRA INTERNATIONAL?
Penumbra International is primarily a group of local citizens who believe that Downtown Wichita deserves better than what has previously been proposed. These citizens are the force behind the Wichita River Walk development.
These individuals along with others took it upon themselves to create a plan that takes into consideration all the concerns of the local citizenry. In addition, this group sought out and found alternative funding to help relieve the potential tax burden on the citizens of this city.
They have done this all at their own expense and invested their time and talent to the cause. We are proud to present a real plan with real potential that far exceeds anything that has been shown prior. THINK BIG WICHITA, IT’S TIME!.
WHERE IS THE FUNDING COMING FROM?
The Wichita River Walk will be funded by a combination of domestic and private money.
IS THE MONEY COMING FROM CHINA?
No, there is no Chinese money involved.
WHO ARE THE INVESTORS?
At the discretion of the investors, their identities have not been disclosed and will not be disclosed until there is a deal on the table between the City of Wichita and them.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS PROJECT COST?
The estimated cost was $1.5 billion to $2 billion. Our desire is to not put this burden on the backs of the Wichita taxpayer. Rather, we propose the combination of private investment and grants could comprise the brunt of the cost.
WILL THE WICHITA RIVER WALK PROJECT BE VOTED ON BY THE CITIZEN OF WICHITA?
It is our sincere desire that the citizens of Wichita are given the opportunity by the Wichita City Council to vote on our concept. We feel it’s important that citizens are represented and have the opportunity to cast the final vote either in favor for or against. Furthermore, the citizens deserve the right to all the facts to consider informing their opinions.
WHAT DID THE SHUTDOWN TEACH US?
Our world will keep changing and our buildings need to reflect what we have learned. The pandemic taught us that our buildings, our work habits and gathering spaces need to be flexible, quickly adaptive, and capable of evolving in as situations and opportunities arise. We are incorporating these concepts into our vision for the Wichita River Walk.
Planning for the future needs of the community is essential if we are to be real stewards of our community and environments... both natural and economic.