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The City of Topeka's premier park, this 160-acre facility at SW 6th (to SW 10th) and Gage Blvd. offers a full range of family fun from A (Animal Land) to Z (Zoo). Named for Guilford G. Gage, whose wife, Louisa, and heirs gave the park's original 80 acres to the city in 1899 following Gage's death, the spacious park is beautifully landscaped and full of mature trees. It features the Topeka Zoological Park, the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center, the Helen Hocker Theater, the E.F.A. Reinisch Rose Garden and the Thomas F. Doran Rock Garden.
Combine your trip to the zoo or the swimming pool with a ride on the Gage Park mini-train or historic carousel. Kids love to play at Animal Land (where the animals are concrete) and Playland across from the zoo, while picnic areas are available throughout the park, along with softball and soccer fields, and tennis, volleyball and horseshoe courts. Enjoy a free concert at the amphitheater, exercise your dog at the Hill's Bark Park or cast your fishing line at Westlake (an ice-skating destination in the winter). The park also includes the Veteran's Memorial, the Creative Play Preschool, the Civitan Day Camp, shelter houses that can be rented, and dedicated space for model airplane and kite flyers.