Playground pride

Terra Heights

110 SW Terra Dr., Topeka

Terra Heights sits just to the east of Topeka Boulevard on SW Terra Drive near 49th Street. The park wraps behind houses like a backyard park. The playground equipment includes swings and a merry-go-round.

Nana's Park

SE 37th and California, Topeka

Nana's Park features some of the nicest playground equipment in town. The bright play area includes a bridge, slides, swings and plenty of climbing options. The park also has a picnic table, walking trail and green space, but the main attraction is the playground. The park was developed in 1999 through a partnership between Frank and Alice Sabatini and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

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.


1273 SW Lakeside, Topeka

Located in the heart of the Westboro neighborhood, this oval-shaped park is highlighted by large, mature trees offering lots and lots of shade. Youngsters can choose from modern playground equipment, swings, slides, a merry-go-round and a jungle gym. There's even a backstop for modest ball games. It's the perfect place to unwind or walk the dog.


917 NW Gordon, Topeka

Located at the intersection of NW Gordon and NW Western, this small, well-shaded park sits just north of the old McKinley Elementary School, one of four segregated schools for African-American students in Topeka at the time of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954. Youngsters will like the modern playground equipment, swings and merry-go-round, while parents can relax at the covered picnic table. There are public restrooms and a nice flower bed.


725 SW Orleans, Topeka

This unique neighborhood park, which occupies one city block between SW Orleans, Parkview, 7th and 8th streets, is a destination for tennis players and youngsters of all ages and physical abilities. Tennis remains a staple, with five courts beckoning players of all skill levels. One court has a concrete wall for solo stars and a basketball backboard. Along the park's west side is the play-for-all accessible playground, which is perfect for parties with its open-air shelter, picnic tables and grill.


1200 SW Western, Topeka

Large, mature pin oaks surely make Cyrus K. Holliday one of the most shaded parks in Topeka. It's also interesting and versatile. A monument to Holliday denotes his place in history as one of the founders of Topeka and as the organizer and first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Nearby is a restored antique fountain surrounded by benches and bricks bearing the names of contributors. In addition, the park features modern playground equipment (surrounded by a rubberized base), swings and numerous picnic tables.


300 SE Arter, Topeka

This little park is set against a tree-lined backdrop. The park's play area includes swings, a slide and climbing equipment.


SE 26th and SE Jefferson, Topeka

Just a short walk from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka, Bentley Park sits on a hill sloping down from 26th Street. It's a small neighborhood park with shady trees, swings, a slide, teeter-totter and bench.


3300 SE Adams, Topeka

This small neighborhood park between Adams and Massachusetts features lots of green space and bright playground equipment. It has slides that are just the right size for young children and playground equipment that older kids will love, too.

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