WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – City of Wichita officials showed off the new O.J. Watson train during a media briefing today at Watson Park.
This weekend the train will debut during the O.K. Kids Day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. in front of the train depot.
Councilmember Bryan Frye, District V, will kick off the ceremony. Frye, a Board of Park Commissioner from 2007 to 2015, was instrumental in supporting the purchase of the new train.
“Through multiple listening opportunities with Wichitans, we found the train was a beloved and iconic feature in the City,” said Frye of District V. “The new train, built by Wichitans, will deliver as a favorite memory for this and future generations.”
The Wichita City Council approved the purchase of the train for an estimated cost of $306,250 on September 15, 2015.
Last summer, the train was taken out of commission due to 30 years’ use and repairs.
O.K. Kids Day is free, for youth five to 12 years old. Children will receive instruction regarding fishing, water safety, miniature golf, moon walk, kayaks, archery, disc golf, and the new train.