Riverfront Legacy Master Plan

One River. One vision. One master plan.

A vision for the river.


Urban Explorations

Want to understand what is important to conference space for a city, or what happens behind the scenes when Music Theatre Wichita performs? What about a look at the river and how the east bank can connect to the west bank? 

Come explore, learn and ask questions at one of the four Riverfront Legacy Master Plan Urban Explorations on September 24 & 25. You'll have a first-hand opportunity to experience the master plan site and engage with the design team. RSVPs are required and can be made at the link below.


Riverfront Legacy Master Plan


The Arkansas River is a unique amenity in downtown Wichita and is an attraction for the greater Wichita region and beyond.

In response to recent recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community organizations have convened to take the next steps in creating a comprehensive vision and master plan that connects projects and both banks of the Arkansas River.

The Riverfront Legacy Master Plan will consider all elements together, including a performing arts center, convention center, the former library, Century II, pedestrian bridge, WaterWalk area and open riverfront gathering space, as well as connecting elements from Kellogg to Douglas, west bank development, downtown and area neighborhoods. The plan will build on previous studies for the east side of the Arkansas River as well as new developments such as the ballpark on the west side.

This plan, built upon community engagement and input, should build upon our legacy of innovation, deep-rooted creativity and established regional attraction to create an inclusive riverfront for all.


Process Overview


The Riverfront Legacy Master Planning process was born through Project Wichita – a community engagement process to discover a regional vision and the action plan to achieve it.  Built upon extensive public input from almost 14,000 voices, the Project Wichita plan identified the river as a key community asset, specifically identifying as priorities: a unified plan for development in Wichita’s urban core, a world-class performing arts facility, a state-of-the-art convention center and a gathering spot in the heart of the city. View highlights of the master planning process below.


Master Planning Coalition

The Riverfront Legacy Master Plan process was launched by a coalition of community organizations in response to the recent recommendations from the Project Wichita regional visioning process and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee. The Coalition will work closely with other community organizations and area neighborhoods.