Island Park Playground Timeline
WICHITA, Kan.-- Nearly eight months after a fire destroyed Winfield's Island Park Playground, city leaders are moving forward with plans to rebuild it.
The city received just over $600,000 of insurance proceeds to help rebuild the playground for the second time.
"Our immediate goal was always to put it back because that's what the community wants," said Warren Porter, city manager for Winfield.
Volunteers of a task force have also been busy with the rebuilding process by gathering community input and helping create concepts for the third playground.
"The new park will be familiar to people but it'll be different," said Porter.
More fire resistant materials, like concrete and metals, are being considered for the new playground.
"It probably would be good if it was non-flammable, so it might not happen again ," said Deborah Gose, who helped build the first playground.
Designs for the new playground will be released in the next week. Porter expects the Park Board and City Commission to approve those plans in the next month.
Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2014 with completion by Summer of 2014.
Since the March 14th fire, investigators have determined that the playground was intentionally set on fire for the second time.
The Winfield Police Department is continuing the investigation and no arrests have been made.
If you have any crime tips about the fire, call Cowley County Crimestoppers at 620-221-7777 or the Winfield Police Department at 620-221-5555.