Softball diamonds

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.



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.



Oakwood Hills

4201 SE Adams, Topeka

This compact little park, just south of where Interstate 470 crosses over SE Adams, offers a small sunny spot with a backdrop of trees for play. It includes a softball backstop and a small play area with older equipment.



Major Palm

1815 SW 37th, Topeka

Major Palm Park provides plenty of space for sunny play and features a spot for playing softball games. Major Palm also has a play area with a merry-go-round, swing and equipment for kids who like to climb. At the entrance to the park, a plaque pays tribute to the park's namesake, Major Willard G. Palm. Palm died July 1, 1960, when a Soviet MiG fighter shot down the Air Force RB-47 he was aboard. The plane was on a peaceful reconnaissance mission over the Barents Sea, outside of USSR airspace when it was shot down. The heart of the park sits back from SW 37th Street.



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.



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.



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.



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