Design council votes to support composite material for Cowtown’s boardwalks

Cowtown boardwalk (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Design Council voted 5-3 to recommend composite material to replace Cowtown’s boardwalks.

The boardwalk has to be removed for drainage improvements. Composite material has a 40 year life span. Brazilian ash wood has a 20 year span.

The city manager asked the Design Council to take a look at two options.

“I think a lot of the members would like real wood, but the extended lifespan of the composite material kind of over won that one for the long-term maintenance of the museum,” said Phil Meyer, Wichita Design Council Chairman.

“The boardwalk has to be removed for drainage improvements. We currently have standing water on the site,” said John D’Angelo, Director of Arts and Cultural Services for the City of Wichita. “As part of that replacement, we also have a requirement to make the site ADA accessible and being ADA accessible will require us using some concrete, which again, we try to be sensitive to making it look the least imposing as we can.”

This is the second group to vote in favor of the composite material, even though some Cowtown re-enactors had argued for keeping real wood.

The recommendation will go to the city council who will have the final say.

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