Small & Serene

Ward Parkway

1501 SW Ward Parkway, Topeka

A small storm runoff creek slides along the east side of this park at the intersection of SW Drury Lane and SW Ward Parkway in west Topeka. A large open area (with a backstop) is ringed by trees, while a picnic table, swings and an elephant slide are located at the park's south end.


NE Laurent & NE Quincy, Topeka

Hugging the north end of the Kansas Avenue Bridge, this park has a memorial plaque flanked by flag poles in a flower bed, plus some playground equipment on the west side (which is split by a parking lot), and a basketball court on the larger east side.


SW 19th & SW Sims, Topeka

This small park dominated by pine trees features swings, a teeter-totter, an elephant slide for youngsters and a picnic table for parents. There's space to walk the dog or play a game of catch.


2001 S Kansas, Topeka

This small, triangular-shaped park created by the Shunganunga Creek slicing across the corner of 20th and S. Kansas has a few swings, a picnic table and a BBQ grill -- and a stretch of the Shunga Trail.

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.

Samuel Jackson

1220 SE 10th, Topeka

This shady park offers lots of colorful play equipment and benches in a shady setting across from the old East Topeka Junior High building and next door to Abbott Community Center (see separate entry). Picnickers will enjoy the grills.

Potwin Circles

SW 1st and Woodlawn, Topeka

Legend has it that the circular parks at the intersections in Potwin Place were constructed in the late 1800s to prevent young men from racing their buggies. If that's the case, they surely accomplished their goal. The six complete circles -- a precursor to today's roundabouts -- are located on Greenwood and Woodlawn from 1st to 3rd. They feature trees and/or garden beds and historical markers, and most of them have sitting benches. There are partial circles at Willow and Grove.


1230 SE Pinecrest, Topeka

This little southeast Topeka park sits off SE Pincrest, just west of Indiana and Ross Elementary School. The park is mostly green space with some playground equipment: four swings and two teeter-totters.

Oak Parkway

2915 SW Randolph, Topeka

Oak Parkway Park sits off SW Randolph, roughly between 29th and 30th streets. It is a small narrow park backed by shady trees. A small play area includes a red and white candy-cane striped swing set.


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.

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