Active activities

Hummer Sports Park

SW 6th & Tuffy Kellogg Drive, Topeka

Named for former Topeka police chief Dana Hummer and his wife, Louise, Hummer Sports Park is the crown jewel of the Topeka Public School's athletic facilities. Constructed on property once belonging to the Topeka State Hospital, the six-sport facility (funded with a $17.5 million voter-approved bond issue) opened in the fall of 2003 on the north side of SW 6th between Oakley and MacVicar.



Washburn University

1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka

Long-time Topekans and former students who remember the storm-ravaged campus of Washburn University after the 1966 tornado will be amazed by the school's impressive new facilities and beautifully landscaped grounds. Located in the heart of Topeka, this 160-acre campus offers walkers and joggers a two-mile trek around its perimeter (SW 17th to SW 21st & SW Washburn to SW MacVicar). But only a stroll through the campus will reveal its true beauty, as dazzling garden beds, abundant trees and sculptures await those who probe the interior.



Hillcrest

1800 SE 21st, Topeka

Hillcrest Pool provides cool stopping grounds for Hillcrest Park, but there's lots more to check out beyond the pool's zero-depth entry, frog slide, drop slide, diving board and rain-drop waterfall. In the park, beautiful, mature trees provide welcome shade on a sunny day. The trees can be enjoyed from the benches that dot the landscape or the way they help keep the smooth basketball and tennis courts just a little cooler. The park also features an open-air shelter, grills, and a mix of modern and older playground equipment, including swings, teeter-totters, slides and a merry-go-round.



Garfield

1600 N Kansas, Topeka

Garfield Park has held a special place in the hearts of North Topekans for more than 100 years. Dating back to a time when soldiers used to camp in the area along Soldier Creek (before the main channel was redirected to the north), the 32-acre park still has a lot to offer. In addition to the usual park amenities of playground equipment (swings, slides, climbing, etc.), benches, picnic tables and BBQ grills, the park features a community center, a large shelter house, a small swimming pool, a bandstand and an outdoor basketball court.



Gage Park

4001 SW 6th & SW Gage Blvd., Topeka

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.



Crestview Park & Community Center

4801 SW Shunga Drive, Topeka

This park has something for just about everyone in its grounds that extend from Gage to Fairlawn along Shunga Drive. Start near Gage Boulevard and pick up the Shunga Trail at a green tree-lined stretch. From there, the park wraps west past Edgewater Park providing an endless park scene and the perfect spot for bikers, runners, walkers and parents pushing strollers to pass through. Around Shunga and Eveningside Drive, the scene changes when Crestview Community Center, Heartland BMX and a pool come into view.



Juan "Poppy" Abbott Community Center

1112 SE 10th, Topeka

Formerly a city-run community center, Abbott is now in the hands of the non-profit group Community First. Abbott stays hopping year round with a variety of programs for school-age children. In the evenings the building, including its gym, game room and fitness room, is open to the public, although a paying membership is required. Golden Gloves amateur boxing takes place at Abbott on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Abbott is located at SE 10th and Indiana, just west of Samuel Jackson Park.



Warren / Wells

2750 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka

Although they are separate parks and vary greatly in size, Warren and Wells are next-door neighbors and have similar uses. Warren is a 96-acre nature area and borders Felker Park on the east (north of Shunganunga Creek). It includes a section of the Shunga Trail, a pond and a tree nursery used by Parks and Recreation of Topeka. It can be accessed from Felker, Big Shunga Park (on the east) or the Kansas Neurological Institute (on the north), and is a great place for birdwatching. Wells is south of Felker, Warren and the creek (but north of the car wash).



Shunga Glen

2400 SW Washburn, Topeka

Located on the east side of Washburn Avenue from SW 22nd to Shunga Drive and east to Buchanan, Shunganunga Creek gives this large park a split personality.

On the sunny west side of the creek along Washburn is the Rip-On Skate Park for skateboarders, in-line skaters and bicyclers. This 9,310-square-foot concrete non-lighted facility features two pyramids, ramps, quarter pipes, grind rails, bank-to-bank ramps and a bowl. There's also a soccer field, some playground equipment, part of the Shunga Trail and a water fountain.



Clyde O. Bracken (Sertoma)

200 SW 12th, Topeka

Members of the Sertoma clubs of Topeka helped build this modest park on 12th Street between Jackson and Harrison. Trees and two open-air shelters, with BBQ grills, provide relief from the weather, while a merry-go-round, swings and climbing bars can entertain youngsters. At the east end is a memorial to members of Kansas Lions clubs. An entrance to the Kansas Judicial Center parking lot is framed by garden beds.



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