City says new Derby park prepared to handle heavy rain

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The heavy rains over the last few days have been impacting areas across Sedgwick County. 

One Derby park, set to open in less than two weeks, is feeling the impact from the wet conditions before making its debut. 

It was pouring hard at one point at the Warren Riverview Park, causing the Arkansas River to rise where it meets the park. 

But, Steve White, the city parks director says, they’ve made the new spot ready to handle weather like this. 

“If we had the choice, we’d obviously hope that we wouldn’t have to deal with rain and rising waters along the river,” said White.

The rising waters were actually up to the steps of the river terrace area Monday morning, but went down a bit by the afternoon. 

“We actually excavated 18 feet of bank out of this project and we added the contouring that you see before you,” said White. 

That will help as river levels rise at the park like they did Monday.

“It slows the water down, and it will help us minimize any erosion,” said White.

So, if it rains like this again when the park opens up, you may not be able to take out your kayak.

“On a day like today you know, we’d probably end up fencing that area off so that we’d keep people away from the river,” said White.

But, you can still enjoy a picnic or spend time at the playground, as long as you prepare to get a little wet. 

Another storm feature of the park is that it’s built so that a bioswale filters the water that comes from the parking lot. 

That way the pollutants don’t make their way into the Arkansas River. 

The park opens on October 20. 

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