R. Michael Rhoades Wetlands Park

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R. Michael Rhoades Wetlands Park

Location: 1012 SW 14th Street, Newton, KS 67114

Press Release: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FLjqkpY3jbt9kerQqrJPPo7q3L4JYwZ1/view?usp=drive_link

Grand opening ribbon cutting video


The
R. Michael Rhoades Community Wetlands Park project (Newton, KS) is a collaboration of public and private partners seeking to transform the land adjacent to the restricted-access, wastewater treatment wetland into a dynamic, rainwater-fed, community wetland park, which will provide education on wetlands and their critical role along the Central Flyway. 

Project goals:

  • Provide safe access to view the existing wetlands and wildlife
  • Expand the wetland area to include the rainwater-fed ground west of the treatment wetlands  
  • Provide park-style amenities to the new wetland area with a focus on birding and wildlife-watching
  • Provide unique educational and aesthetic elements specific to the wetland theme
  • Focus on birding-by-ear elements for blind and low vision park users

A committed group of partners has pledged to transform the city’s restricted-access parcel into a dynamic, community wetland space. The R. Michael Rhoades Foundation, KAWS, Ducks Unlimited, the Evergy Green Team, the Sunderland Foundation, City of Newton, Kansas Department of Health and Environment 319 Funds, BNSF Foundation, Newton Lions Club, Mark L. Miller, Cargill Cares, AARP, Wallace Foundation, Chickadee Checkoff, KS Dept. of Ag Division of Conservation, KDWP Habitat First, Dyck Arboretum, Newton Etcetera Shop, NMC Health, Newton Murals & Arts Project, Rotary Club of Newton, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, KDWP Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites, FarWide Conservation Trust, Builders Concrete & Supply Inc, The Prairy Foundation, Walmart Community Grants, Joe and Joy Robb, Somers, Robb and Robb Law Offices, Adrian & Pankratz Attorneys at Law, Kansas Wildscape Foundation, and the Newton area birders have united to develop a park where visitors can safely view wildlife and learn about the critical role of wetlands along the Central Flyway.

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