OJ Watson Park, Wichita, KS
LK Architecture has been involved with several improvement projects to Watson Park. Watson Park is one of Wichita’s most popular regional parks offering a unique range of recreational activities.
Giving Watson Park a signature entrance from McLean Blvd was the first of many projects. Capturing the existing identity of this park and creating an entrance that enforces this identity was the primary goal while maintaining the ability to secure the park during closed hours. The final design utilizes custom cattail gates which transition from ornamental fencing. The gates, when open fold between columns, giving the impression that the gates are fixed ornamental iron work. Materials used for the sign and columns are native silverdale limestone paying homage to the parks past as a quarry.
One amenity of the park is the scale H.P. Huntington train. LK Architecture, along with our consultants, designed an extension of the railroad to fully encircle the northern pond. This extension posed the opportunity to create a bridge element between the two ponds and a new train barn. The result was a covered bridge concept which has become iconic to Watson Park.
Since these projects, LK Architecture was retained to reconstruct the existing pony ride shelter and train depot. Us- ing the success of the train barn as inspiration, these two structures were redesigned to fit this new vernacular to reinforce the identity of Watson Park through architecture.
Additionally, LK has been involved in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) transition projects ensuring that the park is accessible to people of all abilities. This includes modifications to existing restrooms, new concrete paths and a new ADA compliant pedestrain bridge.
- Train track extension: 3,200 LF
- “Covered bridge” structure
- Custom fabricated park
- Entrance signage
- River overlook
- ADA improvements
- New park shelters
- Pedestrian bridge
City of Wichita
Parks and Recreation Dept.