For release: Immediately Contact: Mike McLaughlin, 251-6880
Date: April 13, 2021
TOPEKA, KAN. – The Civitan Club of Topeka has continued its decades long support for park patrons with special needs by donating a new slide for the Civitan Day Camp in Gage Park. The new “Twist and Shout” double slide accommodates two patrons at a time and replaces an outdated slide that had been moved to the camp area from another location in Gage Park. The new slide will be dedicated in a ceremony set for 10 a.m. April 28 at Civitan Day Camp.
The Capital Civitan Club started the Civitan Day Camp in the 1960s. While that club dissolved in 1996 some of its members joined the Civitan Club of Topeka and asked to continue to sponsor the camp. The Civitan Day Camp is one of seven Shawnee County Parks + Recreation summer camps and is programmed exclusively for adaptive recreation patrons.
“Our relationship with the Civitan Club of Topeka is an incredible partnership,” said Staci Wunder, SCP+R recreation leader who runs the Civitan Day Camp. “Each year they go above and beyond to make the playground and the camp a success. The club will do anything to help make sure the campers’ experience is incredible.”
In 2008, with a grant from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the Civitan Club of Topeka purchased and installed new sensory playground equipment. The club did additional work
including painting the stagecoach in the playground. A rededication of the Civitan Day Camp was held on May 17, 2008.
The K-State Extension Master Gardeners created and still maintain an accessible garden in the Civitan Day Camp. In 2015, the Civitan Club of Topeka, with another grant from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation bought and installed the dome climber in the Civitan Day Camp. Part of the funding came from a memorial fund for former Civitan member Joe Lolli.
Each spring the Civitan Club of Topeka has a work day at the Civitan Day Camp. The club also cleans up trash and performs minor repairs. Club members painted the interior of the Civitan building and built a new table used in the picnic area in recent years. The club funds camp scholarships each year and has provided various supplies requested by Civitan Camp recreation leader Staci Wunder of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. Civitan Club of Topeka meets each Wednesday at noon at TownSite Café at E. 6th Street and Kansas Avenue.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes 60 miles of trails, 2,625 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the-art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.