A closer look at the city Derby

When John Bryant was transferred to a new job in Wichita, his
family wasted no time learning all about the area. It wasn’t long before they decided to put down roots in Derby.

“After learning about the transfer, we started looking around the Wichita metro,” says Debbie Bryant. “There were lots of choices and so many neat things about the region. But the minute we drove into Derby, we knew it was the place for us.”

Not surprisingly, the kids were awestruck by Rock River Rapids, Derby’s family water park. The city’s new skate park, plus neighborhood parks with playgrounds, fishing, fitness trails, sports
facilities and more, became destinations for their family activities. And the whole family is excited about the new library opening this year.

The family was impressed with the public school system, too. With three kids ages 8, 11 and 15, the Bryants have diverse educational needs. Ryan will join the Derby High School band and is excited about Apex, an online learning program that allows students to work independently from home or at school. Daughter Brianna says “I love science, so I’m happy to find out about Project Lead the Way, which will help me learn about careers in science and engineering.” Fifth-grader Evan gets special help at his elementary school as he works to overcome a learning disability.

John, a fitness buff, found a lot to love about the Derby Recreation Center. The DRC, as it’s called locally, offers a topnotch fitness center, weight room, fitness classes, youth and adult sports leagues.
Special events, like the recent Rock n’ Route Triathlon, give residents a chance to try new activities and get fit at the same time.

Like many families, the Bryants love their neighborhood and in just a few weeks, they have gotten acquainted with their new neighbors. “Our homeowner association had a block party on National Night Out, and we met lots of our neighbors,” says Ryan. “My band even got to perform as part of the event.”

Debbie was surprised to find a mix of national retailers and local stores that make her shopping easy. “Clothes, shoes, home decor, groceries – all the services we need are so close to home,” she says. “And it feels great to support local business owners instead of driving into Wichita.”

“Overall, we are thrilled to be in a community that embraces all of its
residents, and we’ve felt so welcome,” says John, and Debbie agrees. “We couldn’t be happier to be a part of Derby.”

{The Bryant family’s experience has been compiled from reports of real Derby families.}

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