An official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the redesigned Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park at 205 East Douglas will be held Saturday morning, Sept. 16.
A continental breakfast will be provided as festivities get underway with opening remarks by John Rolfe, CEO of the Wichita Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m., followed by the singing of the Negro National Anthem by the ARISE Choir.
Also on the program will be entertainers from the Forum Players with performances reminiscent of Rhythm and Blue greats Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Tina Turner. Speakers will include Troy Houtman, Director of Wichita Park and Recreation; Larry Burks, President of the Wichita NAACP; District One Councilmember Brandon Johnson and members of the Chester Lewis Family.
The ribbon cutting is scheduled fo 10:52 a.m. followed by a performance by Roy Moye. Following the formal programming, tours of the park will be led by artists Ellamonique Baccus and Matthew Mazzotta and architects Jeff Best and Tony Rangel.
Parking will be available onside streets and in garages. The event will end at noon and a food truck will be available.
The event is sponsored by the Wichita Foundation and Wichita Parks Foundation.