Rotary Time Tower Hits One Year Mark

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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The Rotary Time Tower is being called a gateway to downtown, that makes a parking lot more of a public interest.

The Rotary organization is preparing to celebrate one year of the park's existence.

It's also a date they've been able to count down to, thanks to the park's largest feature. In one year, the amount of time that has been counted by the tower is 31,536,000 seconds, 525,600 minutes and 8,760 hours.

"It chimes every 15 minutes and lights up at night," said Downtown Rotary's Public Relation Correspondent Cindy Nolte. "It's just a focal point of this new public park right here,"

The space where the historic Coleman Co. factory used to be filled with a parking lot, but now it's not just pavement. The Rotary Club has turned this area into a downtown landmark.

"They represent a gateway to that part of Wichita and part of Wichita's fantastic and fascinating history," Nolte said.

To feature the history of the Wichita Rotary, a wall was built displaying key messages and aspects of the organization.

"People love reading the stories on the wall," Nolte said.

For those who visit the area, the park demonstrates the rotary club's mission to improve the community.

"They're very careful in picking what they do because they know it will benefit, and in this day and age, things are being beautified and they're taking the responsibility of bringing Wichita up to par and above as they always have."

And as Rotary continues to serve Wichita, the clock will serve as a reminder of those who have given their time.

"I think Wichita has such a fabulous history, our downtown area in particular, and I'm very proud of the focal point here that highlights the history, the Coleman family and the rotary club, which is also a very important part of Wichita," Nolte said.

To commemorate the one year anniversary of the clock tower, a private party was put on for Rotarians last night.

In the parking lot, a Hoopapalooza featured speakers like KU basketball's Bill Self, and K-State's Bruce Weber.

The park is located at the corner of 2nd and St. Francis street.

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