A Timeline of Historic Delano
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Historic Delano was founded in 2007 to put on a St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Since then, we have organized or assisted with dozens of events bringing thousands of people to Delano.
Here is a retrospective of the journey.
Nancy has these visions... No, not that sort of visions! She sees possibilities in situations and finds ways to make things happen. Just beware whenever you hear "I have this vision..."
It all started with a simple parade...
Steering a new course
Things did not slow down in 2015. We continued working with Delano United, the Greenway Alliance and other local groups on the Chisholm Trail Parkway. We started working with other Chisholm Trail communities - both in Kansas and in a Tri-state group with Oklahoma and Texas - on plans for the 150th Anniversary. We had a lot of irons in the fire and a lot of meetings to attend!
In spite of all of our new-found activities we managed to give the web site a long-overdue makeover and set records once again with the St. Patrick's Parade. The Delano Community Garden was chosen by the Sedgwick County Master Gardeners to be on their 2015 Garden Tour, which of course meant organizing a Garden Party!
In February, Karen Cravens (President of the Delano Neighborhood Association and of Delano United and #1 Delano Booster) notified us that her family would be moving to New Jersey in a few months! Karen was a frequent face at City Hall and spent hours reviewing meeting agendas, reading proposed ordinances and generally just keeping up on all things Delano. She kept us all aware of what was going on through the Delano Dispatch and DelanoWichita.com and her efforts will be missed.
Karen's unexpected departure caused us all to scramble to take up the slack. Jim was elected President of Delano United and Nancy became Vice-President. It wasn't too big of an imposition as we were already attending the monthly meetings but it did give us more projects to oversee - and the year was only half through!
On July 28th we attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the River Vista development. We are excited to finally see some development happening but at the same time we are a little nervous. The project is supposed to be complete by November of 2017 but we are trying to plan a Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary event for October of 2017. The last thing we want is to have construction equipment in our Chisholm Trail photos.
We added a couple of new locations to the Ghost Tour and created a Ghost Stories Around the Fire event in the garden. We printed 500 brochures and ran out of them within the first half hour. We estimate that over 1500 people attended. We decided that we no longer wanted to do a Christmas event so we left that up to the business community.
Then we get an invitation from the Parks and Recreation Department to attend a meeting in January about a new event...
It never ends!
In 2014 we spent some time re-thinking and re-designing the web site and it went live early in 2015. The site features a new color pallette and is interactive, allowing registered users to create and edit business profiles in the business directory. Other changes include better navigation and several "under-the-hood" improvements. The site averages about 70,000 hits every month with spikes around events.
St. Pat's Parade Sets Records (again)
The 2015 St. Patrick's Parade set records again. There were over 2,000 people in the parade and 15,000 spectators. The parade lasted over 90 minutes, there were more than a dozen side events happening, and we had 9 sponsors - more than ever before. To top it all off, the web site received 98,978 hits on the Friday and Saturday of the parade!
Delano Community Garden has a great year
The Delano Community Garden had a pretty good year. The garden was chosen by the Sedgwick County Master Gardeners to be on their 2015 Garden Tour, the garden got it's own water supply and it hosted a couple of events.
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