Sporty scene

Hughes

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.



Dornwood

2500 SE Highland, Topeka

Dornwood sits just a few blocks east of Highland Park High School. The centerpiece of the park is its lighted ball fields, which include a concession stand. For youngsters, the park also has bright, modern red and green play equipment. The park also has a two-mile wooded hiking trail. The trail moves from prairie to hardwood forest. Guided tours available.



Boswell Square

SW 14th and SW Boswell, Topeka

This park preserves the city block occupied by Boswell Junior High from 1922 to 1980. A nicely landscaped brick walk features the names of several former Boswell students and leads to the Boswell Neighborhood Wall of Fame, where the building's 1922 date stone is displayed. A gazebo, modern playground equipment, basketball courts and shaded benches highlight the park's amenities, while a large open field with a backstop is perfect for ball games.



Bishop

3101 SW Arnold, Topeka

Maude Bishop Park sits next to the school of the same name at 3101 SW Arnold. The park features colorful play equipment and shady trees. It also has basketball goals, tennis courts and a large sunny and grassy field.



Austin

2300 SE Jefferson, Topeka

Where Jefferson Street dead-ends at Austin Park you'll find a sunny spot for sports and play plopped in the middle of a neighborhood. There's a softball diamond, basketball court and tennis court. There's also plenty of playground equipment and swings. Rehydrate at the drinking fountain or relax at a picnic table under the red open-air shelter house.



Auburndale

2400 NW Perry, Topeka

Just before it reaches the Kansas River, Ward-Martin Creek slices through this wide-open park along Interstate 70 and NW Waite. The creek provides a fishing destination for city dwellers and, in recent years, has been stocked with trout in early spring. Ball games of all kinds can be played at the park -- the softball backstop is still there -- but the latest game is cricket, played by the Kansas Cricket Club. A picnic table and some playground equipment are located near the parking lot.



Aquarian Acres

3130 SE Aquarius Drive, Topeka

At Aquarian Acres Park you'll find a tennis court plopped into a shady spot just off Aquarius Drive in a quiet neighborhood.



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