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...
A Decade of Historic Delano Events
The St. Patrick's Parade is what started it all. As we started planning the 2016 parade it started to set in - we've been doing this for 10 years! Some of our events have done really well, while others have only lasted a year or two. We have also been able to help other groups get their events started. Over the years, Delano has become known for great events.
In January we attended a meeting sponsored by Parks and Recreation about a new city-wide event called Open Streets. The concept is to close 4-6 miles of a major street through town for a giant block party and has been going on in other major cities for several years. Wichita's event will be called Open Streets ICT and is scheduled for September of 2017. They wanted Delano to be involved and they wanted to be sure not to conflict with our Delano Fall Fair scheduled for the first weekend in October 2017. Nice!
The Delano Community Garden received some bad news - 2016 would be the final season for the garden. Senior Services received a large donation to expand and update the Delano Senior Center and unfortunately the garden does not fit into their expansion plans. We will miss the Garden Parties. There are a couple of other properties that are being looked at as possible new locations.
On July 6th there was a groundbreaking ceremony for the Downtown Advance Learning Library. Once again, we have mixed feelings. Along with the advancement of plans for the library comes an increasing push to develop all of the land around it. It's great to see the continued development in that area, but we continue to be concerned that Delano's wants and needs are subjected to what other entities want.
As an example of this, the triangle of land that was considered for fracking operations in 2013 became a center of controversy once again in 2016. The Delano Revitalization Plan (2001) calls for that triangle to be public greenspace. We had plans to use the space for our upcoming Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary event; however, the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) has asserted their influence and has come up with a conflicting plan for it's use.
The WDDC plan calls our planned greenspace the Delano Catalyst Site and they have been pushing to see it developed. A request for proposals (RFP) for the site was issued by the City over the summer and a Kansas City firm has been awarded the bid to build a hotel on the site. The City continues to reject our request for a review of the Delano Revitalization Plan and a reconciliation of the Delano Plan with the Downtown Plan.
Over the summer, an old Wichita tradition returned - Dragging Douglas! For those of us in our teens in the 1960s-80s, it was a Saturday night tradition whenever the weather was good. Of course these days most of us would rather sit on the sidewalks (or at the clock tower) and watch. Still, it is another fun event that takes place at least partially in Delano.
2016 was the last year for Ghost Stories of Historic Delano in it's current format but don't despair, there will still be a ghost related event in 2017. This was the first year for a new Delano Safe Treat Halloween event coordinated by the businesses. They also continued their Holidays in Delano event and took over responsibility for lighting the clock tower.
Throughout the year we spent a lot of time on Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary stuff. We had meetings with the Tri-state group, the Kansas group and organized a Sedgwick County group and were put in charge of getting commemorative souvenirs for the Kansas group. Sedgwick County has an entire year of events planned, and we have written and published a book on the Chisholm Trail and the origins of Wichita and created a map of the Chisholm Trail markers in Kansas.
In October the Delano Senior Center hosted a Chisholm Trail class sponsored by WSU and we organized a Chisholm Trail Bus Tour to Caldwell featuring museums and other stops along the way. The bus tour was kind of a trial run, there will be another one in 2017.
10th Annual St. Patrick's Parade
Last season for Delano Community Garden
Downtown Advanced Learning Library breaks ground
Dragging Douglas returns
Delano Catalyst Site put up for proposals
Final year for Ghost Stories of Historic Delano
Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary
In late 2014 were approached by Visit Wichita to create CT-150 event (6/24/2010 - NPS Feasibility study)
Staying true to Delano standards, we took it upon ourselves to organze an entire year of events looking at the Chisholm Trail from all aspects. The result is over a dozen events at multiple venues celebrating what the Chisholm Trail means to Wichita. Check out the schedule here:
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