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Posted on: October 6, 2022

Dedication of Native American encampment set for Oct. 14 at Old Prairie Town

Group photo with Native American Encampment

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Native American encampment, the newest addition to Old Prairie Town, will be formally dedicated in a 10 a.m. ceremony on Oct. 14. The ceremony will include remarks by officials of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Citizen...

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

Station 9 3/4 promises magic and fantasy at Great Overland Station

Station 9 3/4 festival at Great Overland Station

Station 9 ¾ at Great Overland Station promises magical fun and fantasy

TOPEKA, KAN. – Station 9 ¾ promises a weekend of magical fun and fantasy at Great Overland Station Oct. 22-23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The event is described as a...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Fall trout stocking at Lake Shawnee set for Oct. 21

Golden and rainbow trout with fish in lake t

TOPEKA, KAN. – The annual fall trout stocking at Lake Shawnee is set for Oct. 21. The public may view the stocking at 4 p.m. at the main boat ramp at Lake Shawnee as 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout are released into the lake. Following the stockin...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Fall 2022 issue of The Guide now online

The Guide Fall 2022

From fall events to holiday events, recreation programs and sports leagues, you'll find an activity that meets your interests in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation's Fall 2022 issue of The Guide.

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Pinecrest Park renamed Nellie Hogan Park

Nellie Hogan with county commissioners and parks officials

TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County commissioners at their Aug. 29 Board of County Commissioners meeting, renamed Pinecrest Park Nellie Hogan Park to honor an unsung heroine who dedicated decades of her life to serving the Hi-Crest community,...

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

Topeka Model Railroaders Model Train Show and Swap Meet

Model Train Show and Swap Meet poster

TOPEKA, KAN. – Great Overland Station will host the Topeka Model Railroaders model train show and swap meet Oct. 1-2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature 10,000 square feet of operat...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Ward-Meade Garden Glow set for Sept. 16-Oct 2

Purple glowing path to Asian Garden

TOPEKA, KAN. – Ward-Meade Garden Glow, is set for Sept. 16 to Oct. 2 at Old Prairie Town and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. Now in its third year, Garden Glow features 80 lighted displays, larger than life illuminated flowers and seasonal...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

Ribbon cutting for Deer Creek Trail extension set for Sept. 1

Snaking curves on Deer Creek Trail looking east

TOPEKA, KAN. – A major milestone in trail connectivity in Shawnee County will be announced during a ribbon cutting set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 1. The ceremony will take place in Dornwood Park and will include a bicycle ride and a ground br...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Seasonal amenities switch to weekends only beginning Aug. 6

Mini-train at tunnel w engineer waving

TOPEKA, KAN. – With the first week of school set to begin, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s seasonal amenities switch to weekends only beginning Aug. 6. 

  • The Gage Park mini-train and carouse will be open Saturdays a...
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Posted on: July 27, 2022

With school starting, aquatic centers and pools will close Aug. 7

Dad w boys on slide

TOPEKA, KAN. – With some school districts starting school Aug. 10 and 11, and college students heading back to campus, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation aquatic centers and pools will close after Aug. 7. Dornwood and Jackson Spray Parks...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Lake Shawnee Softball Complex renamed Envista Softball Complex

Shot from behind backstop of new artificial turf infield at Envista Softball Complex

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For release: Immediately Contact: Kimberly Wolff

Date: Jan. 24, 2022 (785) 251-6878

Lake Shawnee Softball Complex to be renamed Envista Softball Complex

TOPEKA, KAN. -- Shawnee County Commissioners have approved a contract authorizing an eight-ye...

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Posted on: March 17, 2022

Shunga Trail reopened at Gage Blvd. underpass

Runner on Shunga Trail

Shunga Trail reopened at Gage Blvd.

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Shunga Trail is now open at the Gage Blvd. underpass. The trail had been closed since March 7 while the underpass was widened to create a better line of sight from the Felke...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

Resolution approved for use of e-bikes on Shawnee County trails

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County Commissioners today approved a resolution authorizing the use of Class 1 and 2 electric-assisted bicycles on established e-bikes on Shawnee County Parks + Recreation trails. Operation of Class 3 e-bikes or ...

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