Gardens

Hillsdale

5201 SW Huntoon, Topeka

Modern, brightly colored playground equipment highlights this large park at the intersection of SW Fairlawn and SW Huntoon. Youngsters also will like the swings, sand boxes and climbing equipment. Scattered trees shade benches, and there's a BBQ grill. There's also a small storm runoff creek.



Betty Phillips Park

3300 SE Irvingham, Topeka

If you love this park you won't have to look far to find someone to thank. Students at nearby Avondale East Elementary School helped design the neighborhood park, which used to go by the name Highland Crest Park. It was renamed to honor longtime Hi-Crest resident Betty Phillips, who had begun asking the city to do something with the park in the 1960s. The park got a big student-influenced overhaul in 2004.



Fairway

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.



Edgewood

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.



Charles Curtis Greenway & Cemetery

1200 NW Topeka, Topeka

The Charles Curtis Greenway, which begins at the intersection of NW Topeka Blvd. and NW Morse, peaks at NW Paramore where it lines both sides of Topeka Blvd., extending to the east and west. The greenway consists mainly of large garden beds and a section of the Soldier Creek Trail that links to Garfield Park on the east. On the west side, a gravel road (take Paramore west to Harrison and go north) leads to the Curtis Family Cemetery at the top of a small hill beside the creek channel.



Collins

1400 SW Collins, Topeka

This gracefully curving park in the heart of the Collins Park neighborhood offers something for everyone. Modern playground equipment is complemented by swings, teeter-totters, a merry-go-round and basketball courts. There's room to sit and picnic in the shade, and lots of space to walk the dog. Most of the amenities are south of where SW 13th crosses the park. Gardens grace the entrances on SW Huntoon and SW 15th.



Children's

600 SW MacVicar, Topeka

This small but shady park at SW 6th and MacVicar is bisected by Ward-Martin Creek, with most of its amenities on the east side of the creek by the small parking lot. The playground equipment includes a small slippery slide, teeter-totters, regular swings, a tire swing and a jungle gym -- plus a basketball court. There are picnic tables and a BBQ grill for picnickers.



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.



Big Shunga

SW Murrow Ct. and SW Shunga , Topeka

Big Shunga is exactly what the name indicates: BIG. You might enter the 95-acre park at Washburn and Shunga Drive, but you could also spot it again off 29th Street. Big Shunga is part of the park system that ties into the Shunga Trail. Near the concrete trail, the park is shady and tree-lined. Memorial benches provide a place to stop, catch your breath during a run or bike ride, and listen to birds tweet from the nearby trees. Rehydrate at a fountain. At Shunga and High a playground area features play equipment and a merry-go-round.



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.



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