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Hummer Sports Park

SW 6th & Tuffy Kellogg Drive, Topeka

Named for former Topeka police chief Dana Hummer and his wife, Louise, Hummer Sports Park is the crown jewel of the Topeka Public School's athletic facilities. Constructed on property once belonging to the Topeka State Hospital, the six-sport facility (funded with a $17.5 million voter-approved bond issue) opened in the fall of 2003 on the north side of SW 6th between Oakley and MacVicar.

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.

Washburn University

1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka

Long-time Topekans and former students who remember the storm-ravaged campus of Washburn University after the 1966 tornado will be amazed by the school's impressive new facilities and beautifully landscaped grounds. Located in the heart of Topeka, this 160-acre campus offers walkers and joggers a two-mile trek around its perimeter (SW 17th to SW 21st & SW Washburn to SW MacVicar). But only a stroll through the campus will reveal its true beauty, as dazzling garden beds, abundant trees and sculptures await those who probe the interior.

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.

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.


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.


2540 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka

Felker Park, named for a former mayor, features athletic fields and the showcase Kossover Tennis Center, which was named the 2008 Facility of the Year by the United States Tennis Association. Competition on the courts ranges from middle school competition to Missouri Valley USTA tournaments. In 2006, Kossover completed almost $1 million in renovations -- finishing a vision for the tennis center that went back to its start in the 1970s.

Crestview Park & Community Center

4801 SW Shunga Drive, Topeka

This park has something for just about everyone in its grounds that extend from Gage to Fairlawn along Shunga Drive. Start near Gage Boulevard and pick up the Shunga Trail at a green tree-lined stretch. From there, the park wraps west past Edgewater Park providing an endless park scene and the perfect spot for bikers, runners, walkers and parents pushing strollers to pass through. Around Shunga and Eveningside Drive, the scene changes when Crestview Community Center, Heartland BMX and a pool come into view.


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).

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