Wichita’s Riverside Neighborhood
If you’re looking for a home with historic charm and tree-lined streets that’s near downtown, consider Riverside. One of the most popular areas in Wichita, the family-friendly neighborhood offers culture, recreation and a convenient location.
Close to Downtown
Riverside is centrally located just a few blocks from downtown Wichita, south of 13th Street between the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers. With both I-135 and Kellogg just minutes away, residents enjoy an easy commute anywhere in town. The restaurants and shops of the Delano District are also nearby, as well as the Indian Hills neighborhood.
The neighborhood was founded by the Riverside Land Company in March of 1886. The goal was to make Riverside the most popular and stylish district in Wichita. Initial development only got as far as creating bridges and a trolley line to downtown before the real estate market in Wichita collapsed and the area sat untouched for a decade.
In 1897, the City of Wichita bought some of the land and built bridges and parks. The additional access points and renewed development led to a surge in popularity with home buyers. As a result, Riverside is filled with historic homes with early 20th Century architecture, including Tudor, Victorian and bungalow.
Things to Do
Living in Riverside puts some of Wichita’s best attractions and parks right in your back yard. It’s home to some of the city’s most popular parks, where you’ll find walking paths, playgrounds, lots of open space, picnic tables, an interactive water fountain, a community building and the Raplh Wulz Tennis Center.
When it comes to attractions, there are a number of both free and paid options. The Wichita Art Museum, Old Cowtown Museum, Mid-America All-Indian Center and Botanica, The Wichita Gardens are all situated next to South Riverside Park. Exploration Place, Wichita’s science museum, is located just down the river. The Kansas Wildlife Exhibit is located in Central Riverside Park. This free attraction features native animals living in enclosures designed to mimic their natural environments.
If you’re a golfer, Riverside’s Sim Park features a 6,330 yard, 71-par golf course. Picnic areas and outdoor fitness stations are also available in the park. The iconic Keeper of the Plains statue is perhaps Wichita’s best-known attraction, and it’s located near the Riverside neighborhood, where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers meet.
Campbell Castle is also located in Riverside. It was most recently known as The Castle Inn Riverside, a bed and breakfast that has been listed for sale since shortly after closing in 2012. Riverside is also home to several schools and local restaurants, and neighborhood events are held throughout the year.