BBQ grills

W. Giles

750 SW 1st, Topeka

This small park is easy to overlook at SW 1st and Taylor, where it's bordered on the north and east by the 1st Street exit off I-70. The park has some shade, swings, a slide and a teeter-totter for the youngsters, plus benches, a picnic table, a BBQ grill and a water fountain.



Westboro

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.



Washburn

SW 10th & SW Billard Ave., Topeka

Ward-Martin Creek emerges from its underground channel to define the east edge of this wonderful park bordering SW Billard Ave. between 10th Street and Munson. Mature trees offer an abundance of shade for picnickers, while youngsters can choose from modern playground equipment (on a rubberized base), swings and a jungle gym. An old backstop can still support a ball game. Benches and picnic tables (with nearby grills) abound, some beneath a newer open-air shelter. There's also a water fountain and two older tennis courts.



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.



Shimer

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.



Seabrook

2501 SW Gage, Topeka

Just west of Felker Park on the west side of Gage Boulevard, Seabrook Park is a mostly sunny spot for play. The play area includes swings, teeter-totters and a merry-go-round -- nothing too fancy. A backstop at one edge of the park will keep stray balls from flying into the neighborhood. Flowers adorn the sign marking Seabrook Park.



Santa Fe

1500 NE Division, Topeka

Santa Fe Park, in the Oakland area, features plenty of colorful playground equipment to keep youngsters busy while softball games are played at nearby fields. Located northeast of Division and Lime, Santa Fe Park sits near the Kansas River. The colorful play area features swings for children and toddlers, slides, climbing toys and a tire swing. There's space for picnicking and lots of shade over and near the main play areas. A smaller play area between the fields allows parents to keep watch of little ones during games.



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.



Ripley

300 SE Lawrence, Topeka

Train enthusiasts will love kicking back at this park. No, trains don't run through the park, but the expansive park off SE 3rd and Lawrence neighbors busy train tracks. The park itself offers plenty of room to run across its fields and features a mix of newer and older play equipment including climbing areas, swings, slides and teeter-totters. The play area is well shaded, and a large gazebo provides a welcoming spot for picnics. Grills are located near the gazebo as are restrooms. Lots of picnic benches. The park also features playing fields and several outdoor basketball courts.



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