Danbury Circles

331 SW Danbury Lane, Topeka

The north and south intersections of SW Danbury Lane and SW Yorkshire Road in the Prospect Hills neighborhood are marked by large, triangular traffic islands featuring extensive garden beds and landscaping. There's even a park bench on the heavily-shaded north island.

Oakley Circles

SW 20th & SW Oakley, Topeka

The six traffic islands in the vicinity of SW 20th and SW Oakley feature a mixture of landscaping -- from garden beds to trees and grass. Two of the islands are at that intersection, while one is east on SW Warner Ct., two are west on SW 20th and another is northwest on SW Westwood Dr.

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.

Tudor Park

17th & Gage, Topeka

Located on the northeast corner of SW 17th and Gage, this small park is dominated by garden beds filled with flowers, shrubs and trees. There is an ornate metal gazebo and a small sitting area where you can stop and smell the flowers.

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.

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.

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.


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.


1273 SW Lakeside, Topeka

Located in the heart of the Westboro neighborhood, this oval-shaped park is highlighted by large, mature trees offering lots and lots of shade. Youngsters can choose from modern playground equipment, swings, slides, a merry-go-round and a jungle gym. There's even a backstop for modest ball games. It's the perfect place to unwind or walk the dog.

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