Construction will soon begin on new Johnny Kaw plaza in Manhattan


Construction is going to begin soon on a new plaza in front of the Johnny Kaw statue in Manhattan City Park. A new plaza telling the story and history of tall tale Johnny Kaw is expected to be completed by the first week of May. Construction is set to begin in February.

Ed Klimek, chair of Friends of Johnny Kaw, says the nearly 25 foot statue in a major draw for the Little Apple.

“There’s publications out there in America, off the road places to go in various states, Johnny Kaw is one of the 10 sites to go off the beaten path in Kansas to visit,” said Klimek.

The project is expected to cost $300 thousand but so far all the money for the project has been collected through private donations.

“It’s not a city dollar project whatsoever. It’s all a grass roots effort by the community to make this happen and so our $300 thousand goal has been met and we’re ready to construct,” said Klimek.

The Friends of Johnny Kaw group partnered with the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau to make this project a reality.

The two group partnered to produced 900 Johnny Kaw bobble heads to help with fundraising. There are around 200 bobble heads left. They can be purchased for $15 at Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Sunset Zoo and Mrs. Powell’s Bakery in the Manhattan Town Center.

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