Big Shunga

SW Murrow Ct. and SW Shunga
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Topeka, KS 66611

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Big Shunga is exactly what the name indicates: BIG. You might enter the 95-acre park at Washburn and Shunga Drive, but you could also spot it again off 29th Street. Big Shunga is part of the park system that ties into the Shunga Trail. Near the concrete trail, the park is shady and tree-lined. Memorial benches provide a place to stop, catch your breath during a run or bike ride, and listen to birds tweet from the nearby trees. Rehydrate at a fountain. At Shunga and High a playground area features play equipment and a merry-go-round.

The trail eventually passes Marion McDonald Field -- a baseball facility for area amateur teams that includes restrooms -- and a football field. It then winds westward through open terrain and trees before crossing into Wells Park. Before it gets there, however, the trail branches to the south and crosses over Shunganunga Creek into South Big Shunga, which is used for cross country meets and disc golf tournaments (on a temporary course). South Big Shunga also can be accessed from a small parking area near 29th and Randolph.

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THE BASICS

Amenities: Baseball diamonds, BBQ grills, Gardens, Picnic tables, Playground, Public restrooms, Soccer fields, Walking path

Location: West

Ambience: Family fun



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