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Landon Trail — Herrman's Trailhead

SE 53rd and Adams, Topeka

Where trains once rolled, trails are being created and maintained by a group of volunteers. The city of Topeka also is involved in maintaining part of the trail. The trails are wide and gently sloping -- reflective of their railroad history. Much of the trail is a crushed limestone surface although it turns to concrete as it passes through Cushinberry Park. The trees that shade sections of the trail are a relief to users, who include horseback riders and bikers.



Landon Trail — Brown v. Board Trailhead

SE 15th and Monroe, Topeka

Where trains once rolled, trails are being created and maintained by a group of volunteers. The city of Topeka also is involved in maintaining part of the trail. The trails are wide and gently sloping -- reflective of their railroad history. Much of the trail is a crushed limestone surface although it turns to concrete as it passes through Cushinberry Park. The trees that shade sections of the trail are a relief to users, who include horseback riders and bikers.



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.



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.



Welton Grove

SW 39th & Atwood, Topeka

Located at the intersection of SW 39th and Atwood, and extending southward, this sprawling park consists of a nature area with a walking trail through trees and native plants.



Quinton Heights Hill

624 SW 24th, Topeka

Located just to the west of the Topeka Public Schools' Burnett Administrative Center, at 624 SW 24th, the hill at Quinton Heights is a locally famous sledding destination on snow-covered winter days. Thousands of Topekans over the years have zipped down the hill on sleds of all kinds, only to trudge back up the hill for another thrilling ride -- time after time. The bottom of the hill now features two soccer fields. Students enjoying a snow day can slide happily knowing that while they play the school district superintendent will likely be at work in his office, which overlooks the fun.



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.



Ritchie Cemetery

SW 27th and Boswell, Topeka

Ritchie Cemetery, also known as the South Topeka Cemetery, the Slave Cemetery and the Howard Cemetery, is a five-acre plot at the L-intersection of SW 27th and Boswell. About 100 people are buried in the cemetery (the last in the 1940s), but only about 15 headstones mark graves. Coffin-size indentations mark other graves.



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.



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