Terra Heights

110 SW Terra Dr., Topeka

Terra Heights sits just to the east of Topeka Boulevard on SW Terra Drive near 49th Street. The park wraps behind houses like a backyard park. The playground equipment includes swings and a merry-go-round.


1420 SE Lott , Topeka

This small, quiet park, located on the northeast corner of SE Michigan and SE Lott, is less than half an acre in size, but it still offers a park bench, swings, picnic table and BBQ grill.

Shawnee South Community Park

6715 SW Westview Rd., Topeka

Shawnee South sits across the street from Pauline Central School and next to the Montara neighborhood and is well-marked with signs. It is located near Forbes Field and was part of 175 acres aquired by Shawnee County in 1975 that was once used by the United States Air Force at Forbes Field.

Shawnee North Community Park

300 NE 43rd St, Topeka

This 60-acre park has something to offer every member of the family. Take the first entrance east of NW 43rd and Kansas Ave., and you'll find the four-diamond softball complex, soccer fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and playground. You'll also find the 15,555-square-foot community center, which features meeting rooms, two preschool classrooms, an aerobics room, a weight room, a dance room, an art room and a kitchen/dining room. The community center was once the Shawnee County Poor Farm.

Lake Shawnee

SE Croco and 29th, Topeka

Shawnee County's largest and finest recreation spot, Lake Shawnee offers generous entertainment options for all. The centerpiece of the park is the lake, which stretches across 410 surface acres with about 2.75 billion gallons of water, providing a home for waterfowl and a popular destination for fishing, wind surfing, swimming and boating. The lake also can be enjoyed from picnic tables and shelters that surround the lake.

Kansas Museum of History

6425 SW 6th, Topeka

The Kansas State Historical Society's headquarters -- north of Interstate 70 and west off Wanamaker Road -- feature the Kansas Museum of History and the State Archives and Library. Visitors can spend hours indoors exploring the state's history -- from its first inhabitants through the Civil War to recent times -- but the sprawling grounds surrounding the museum are educational as well.

Nana's Park

SE 37th and California, Topeka

Nana's Park features some of the nicest playground equipment in town. The bright play area includes a bridge, slides, swings and plenty of climbing options. The park also has a picnic table, walking trail and green space, but the main attraction is the playground. The park was developed in 1999 through a partnership between Frank and Alice Sabatini and Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

Rueger Softball Complex

2851 S Kansas, Topeka

Rueger Softball Complex features four softball diamonds with 300-foot fences, a concession/restroom building with a second level observation deck; underground irrigation system; tournament quality lighting; electronic scoreboards; landscaped grounds; and a large play area shielded from stray balls with a net. The complex, located off S. Kansas Avenue near the Country Club Shopping Center and Kansas National Guard, opened in 1999 -- the result of a partnership of the city of Topeka, the Kansas National Guard and Topeka softball players, who contributed more than $400,000 to the project.


520 SE Norwood, Topeka

From SE 5th and Norwood, follow the sign pointing east to this park and community center site that stretches behind houses and a church. Inside Rice Community Center, you'll find a gym, game room, computer lab, universal weight system in the fitness room and classroom space. During the school year, the center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fridays. During summers, its hours change to 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Oakland Billard

2000 NE Sardou, Topeka

Oakland Billard Park, located in the Oakland area not far from the Sardou Bridge, has a little bit of everything, from a playground to a community center. Park goers will find a small swimming pool and baseball and softball backstops. Basketball hoops are located off the parking lot. Oakland Billard Park also features a concrete refuge for skateboarders, known as the Mouse Trap Skate Park. For children, its play area includes some classic playground toys, including teeter-totters, a kid-powered merry-go-round, swings, a slide and a climbing toy that resembles a car.

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