Ponds

MacLennan Park Trails & Ponds at Cedar Crest

S.W. Fairlawn and Cedar Crest Drive, Topeka

This 244-acre park is situated along the hills overlooking the Kansas River near Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion. The park features an interpretive nature trail, three fishing ponds, an ice-skating pond and jogging/bike trails through woodlands and meadows (with native plants and wildflowers). A 2.7-mile crushed limestone trail can be accessed from the north parking lot on the west side of the mansion or from the south parking lot on SW 6th just west of Fairlawn.



Horseshoe Bend Park

SE Horse Shoe Dr., Topeka

This park features a small lake with a trail and lots of sun. Parks and Recreation of Topeka took ownership of the park in July 2009. You'll find the lake at the bend of SE Horseshoe Drive, in a new neighborhood just north of SE 45th Street.



Clarion Woods

S.W. 37th and Fairlawn, Topeka

Located to the east of the Clarion Woods neighborhood, this large tract of land consists of wildlife areas with walking trails through native grassland and a fishing pond. The pond has a barrier-free fishing dock and contains channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass.



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.



Garfield

1600 N Kansas, Topeka

Garfield Park has held a special place in the hearts of North Topekans for more than 100 years. Dating back to a time when soldiers used to camp in the area along Soldier Creek (before the main channel was redirected to the north), the 32-acre park still has a lot to offer. In addition to the usual park amenities of playground equipment (swings, slides, climbing, etc.), benches, picnic tables and BBQ grills, the park features a community center, a large shelter house, a small swimming pool, a bandstand and an outdoor basketball court.



Gage Park

4001 SW 6th & SW Gage Blvd., Topeka

The City of Topeka's premier park, this 160-acre facility at SW 6th (to SW 10th) and Gage Blvd. offers a full range of family fun from A (Animal Land) to Z (Zoo). Named for Guilford G. Gage, whose wife, Louisa, and heirs gave the park's original 80 acres to the city in 1899 following Gage's death, the spacious park is beautifully landscaped and full of mature trees. It features the Topeka Zoological Park, the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center, the Helen Hocker Theater, the E.F.A. Reinisch Rose Garden and the Thomas F. Doran Rock Garden.



Central

1300 SW Clay, Topeka

Named for its location in the heart of the city, Central Park is a 15-acre all-purpose park that includes a community center, a fishing pond, a walking trail and an open-air shelter for family picnics and other group functions. There's a wide variety of play equipment for kids, a landscaped pergola on the north end and a football field with a gravel track on the west side. Abundant large trees offer plenty of shade.



Warren / Wells

2750 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka

Although they are separate parks and vary greatly in size, Warren and Wells are next-door neighbors and have similar uses. Warren is a 96-acre nature area and borders Felker Park on the east (north of Shunganunga Creek). It includes a section of the Shunga Trail, a pond and a tree nursery used by Parks and Recreation of Topeka. It can be accessed from Felker, Big Shunga Park (on the east) or the Kansas Neurological Institute (on the north), and is a great place for birdwatching. Wells is south of Felker, Warren and the creek (but north of the car wash).



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.



Freedom Valley

SE 14th and Locust, Topeka

From Freedom Valley you can hear the traffic zoom by on bordering Interstate 70. Yet, there's something serene and calming about this neighborhood oasis. Parking for the park sits off 14th Street between Locust and Illinois. To the south, trees and foliage block the view of the interstate -- at least during the summer when the branches are thick with leaves. The park also features some shady trees, but it has plenty of open, sunny stretches, where kite fliers can soar free of entanglement worries. At the bottom of the sloping park, a small fishing pond with a dock beckons.



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