The NOTO Arts District recently dedicated the newly constructed Redbud Park, located at the southeast corner of N. Kansas Avenue and N.E. Gordon Street. Thomas Underwood, NOTO executive director and project manager, thanked the people and businesses that supported the project and made the park a reality.
Glenn Swogger, a former owner of Kaw Valley Bank, and his wife, the late local artist Claire Swogger, donated the land for the park.
A replica of a sculpture created by Claire Swogger stands at the entrance to the park at its northwest corner, now known as “Claire’s Corner,” according to Underwood.
“I think that this is going to become another really, really important part of North Topeka,” said Cindy Hill, project manager for Senne. “It’s going to be the place to be, and it’s just awesome to see everybody here.”
Some work to complete the park won’t be finished until spring, Underwood said.
Caleb Asher, president of the board for NOTO recognized Kaw Valley Bank for their support of the Park, hence, the main stage was named Kaw Valley Bank Stage.
While $900,000 to create the park has been received, Asher said about $340,000 still needed to be raised to complete a $2.1 million capital campaign.
For more information about the campaign, go to explorenoto.org.
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice
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