Small & Serene


740 SW Medford, Topeka

This small, shaded park at the intersection of SW 8th and SW Medford offers the perfect place to rest while on a neighborhood walk. Occupying a corner beside Ward-Martin Creek, the park's amenities are simple -- a picnic table, some swings and a merry-go-round.


1850 NW Lyman, Topeka

Located on NW Lyman Road adjacent to the Meadowood mobile home community, this small and sunny park offers picnic tables and some playground equipment, including swings. Shade and parking are limited.

Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site

124 NW Fillmore, Topeka

Whether it's rediscovering the past, a soothing garden walk or a wedding site you're after, this compact park offers a unique variety of amenities. Anchored by an elegant Southern-style mansion built by Anthony Ward and passed down to his daughter, Jennie Meade, the park features a 2.5-acre botanical garden. The wheelchair-accessible garden contains a wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants, a gazebo and several water features. The mansion, which includes the Preston Hale Reception Room, and garden are used for weddings, meetings and dinners.

Little Oakland

900 NE Chester, Topeka

This shady little neighborhood park fills one square block at the intersection of Chester and Fairchild. Lots of full, developed trees provide ample shade for kids playing on the mix of playground equipment. Families will love the slides, climbing toys, swings and rings. Park goers can even ease their thirst at a fountain in the park before relaxing on one of the many shaded benches. A concrete pad looks like it once was home to a tennis court, but with no net up during a trip by the park in June 2009, it didn't look like it was in use.


2301 SE Lakewood, Topeka

At Lakewood Park, find a shady spot with lots of beautiful trees -- a quiet place for ambling about and taking in the scene. The park, which is located off SE Lakewood in an area with businesses, includes an enclosed shelter house. It offers a minimal amount of playground equipment: a slide and two swings.

Indian Hills

SW 25th and Stutley Court, Topeka

This small park, located on a cul-de-sac near SW 25th and Stutley Court (west of Cypress Ridge Golf Course), features modern playground equipment with lots of climbing bars. There's room to walk the dog and a bench to sit on.


1200 SW Topeka, Topeka

The large wren sculpture that used to adorn the WREN Radio building on 10th Street is the dominant feature of this small, triangular-shaped park at the intersections of Huntoon, 12th Street and Topeka Blvd. A few large oak trees, a picnic table, flower beds and a brick sidewalk complete the park. Flower beds also define the intersection, which is framed by a sign welcoming visitors to Topeka.


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.


2711 SW Topeka, Topeka

One of the skinniest parks in town, Fairway Park runs along a narrow tree-lined stretch of land -- sandwiched between Fairway Drive and Topeka Boulevard and running from 27th to 29th streets. At 29th and Topeka Boulevard, a garden with cannas blooms on the corner.


SW 2nd and Edgewood, Topeka

Whether you're looking for a place to picnic, play tennis or simply relax, this heavily shaded park east of the Potwin neighborhood on SW 2nd is a good choice. An open-air shelter covers picnic tables, with a BBQ grill nearby, while modern playground equipment and swings occupy the youngsters. The tennis courts have seen better days, but at least one of them usually has a net.

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