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INTRUST BANK ARENA ADDS ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN ON-SITE PARKING LOTS.

Oct 14, 2010

INTRUST BANK ARENA ADDS ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN ON-SITE PARKING LOTS

(Wichita, Kan.) – INTRUST Bank Arena, in conjunction with the Wichita/Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board, today announced the addition of 13 temporary accessible parking spaces for persons with disabilities on Arena property, bringing the total number of on-site accessible spaces to 37.
The additional spaces are located on the north side of the Arena in the north end of Parking Lot 3, and will be marked with cones and signage labeled Temporary Accessible parking. Due to show production, there may be shows when the temporary accessible parking is not available, however, the spaces will be available for Wichita Thunder home games. All accessible parking requires an ADA placard and an identification card. Additional, unused spaces in Lot 3 will now be available for sale to the general public, on a limited basis.
“We have taken the concerns of the public into consideration and have worked with the Access Advisory Board to create additional accessible parking spaces in close proximity to the Arena,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager of INTRUST Bank Arena. “We hope these additional spaces make it easier for people with disabilities to find convenient parking when coming to events.”
In an effort to maintain consistency with the surrounding City-owned and City-managed lots, INTRUST Bank Arena will begin charging a parking fee per vehicle for all on-site accessible parking. The fee for on-site Arena parking will mirror the rate charged by the City for accessible parking at Arena events. Rate information is available at www.parkdowntown.org. The fee structure takes effect October 16th for the Wichita Thunder season opener. The rate is based on the lowest charged rate in all of the City public parking lots for INTRUST Bank Arena events.
“The City is glad to continue to partner with the Arena and Sedgwick County to provide a parking system that is consistent and easy to understand,” said Mandy Pankratz, Parking Coordinator for the City of Wichita.
The Access Advisory Board will vote in November on whether or not to formally approve the plan.
“SMG requested feedback from the Wichita/Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board regarding its proposed ADA parking plan. A subcommittee of the board has indicated its support and will recommend to the Board that they formally approve the plan at their November 17th meeting,” said Dave Calvert, Chair of the Access Advisory Board.

In addition to the 37 accessible spaces on Arena property, the City recently added four accessible spaces on the east side of Emporia, just north of William and additional accessible parking spaces in Parking Lot A at 171 S. Emporia.
“We appreciate the Access Advisory Board, the County and the City’s willingness to work with SMG to create an improved plan for accessible parking at Arena events,” Boleski added. “We have worked together as a team to ensure the requirements of the ADA were met and to accommodate the needs of INTRUST Bank Arena guests.”

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