Kansas State Capitol

300 W. 10th, Topeka

While the historic Kansas State Capitol building in downtown Topeka is a destination unto itself, the park-like grounds surrounding the Statehouse long have been the setting for a variety of activities. Downtown workers use the grounds as a place to lunch, read, relax in the shade or burn off a few calories with a brisk walk. During the summer, free Brown Bag Concerts are held on the south side of the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the same area features an outdoor market on Wednesday mornings.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

1515 SE Monroe, Topeka

Located in the former Monroe Elementary School, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 landmark ruling that ended legal segregation in public schools. Operated by the National Park Service, the two-story building has been restored to its 1954 appearance, when it was one of four elementary schools for African-American students in Topeka.

Juan "Poppy" Abbott Community Center

1112 SE 10th, Topeka

Formerly a city-run community center, Abbott is now in the hands of the non-profit group Community First. Abbott stays hopping year round with a variety of programs for school-age children. In the evenings the building, including its gym, game room and fitness room, is open to the public, although a paying membership is required. Golden Gloves amateur boxing takes place at Abbott on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Abbott is located at SE 10th and Indiana, just west of Samuel Jackson Park.

Clyde O. Bracken (Sertoma)

200 SW 12th, Topeka

Members of the Sertoma clubs of Topeka helped build this modest park on 12th Street between Jackson and Harrison. Trees and two open-air shelters, with BBQ grills, provide relief from the weather, while a merry-go-round, swings and climbing bars can entertain youngsters. At the east end is a memorial to members of Kansas Lions clubs. An entrance to the Kansas Judicial Center parking lot is framed by garden beds.


1200 SW Topeka, Topeka

The large wren sculpture that used to adorn the WREN Radio building on 10th Street is the dominant feature of this small, triangular-shaped park at the intersections of Huntoon, 12th Street and Topeka Blvd. A few large oak trees, a picnic table, flower beds and a brick sidewalk complete the park. Flower beds also define the intersection, which is framed by a sign welcoming visitors to Topeka.


1200 SW Western, Topeka

Large, mature pin oaks surely make Cyrus K. Holliday one of the most shaded parks in Topeka. It's also interesting and versatile. A monument to Holliday denotes his place in history as one of the founders of Topeka and as the organizer and first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Nearby is a restored antique fountain surrounded by benches and bricks bearing the names of contributors. In addition, the park features modern playground equipment (surrounded by a rubberized base), swings and numerous picnic tables.

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