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Tulip Time Winter/Spring Events Building Momentum for Parks and Recreation
5 Preschool 6 Youth 9 Adult 10 Senior 11 Fitness & Wellness 14 Sports 16 Adaptive Recreation 17 Special Events 18 Community Center Room
and Gym Rentals Summer Camps
West Lawn Memorial Gardens
8 Adopt-a-Park/Trail 11 Golf Courses 12 What’s NEW in Aquatics 13 Fitness Pass 14 Parks For All Foundation 16 Shawnee County Trails 17 Helen Hocker Theater 18 Volunteer! 19 Facility Rentals 20 Old Prairie Town 22 Regional Parks 23 The Kansas Children’s
SHAWNEE COUNTY PARKS + RECREATION VISION: “Shawnee County Parks + Recreation in partnership with the citizens of Topeka and Shawnee County will develop and manage accessible, walkable parks, recreation facilities and programs through a collaborative leadership process that provides a long-term perspective for how parks and recreation will impact the livability and economic value of living in the city and county.” SHAWNEE COUNTY PARKS + RECREATION MISSION: “Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is an essential service established to improve quality of life for all residents of the county by proactively responding to changing demographics, emerging trends while maximizing all available resources in providing quality parks, recreation facilities and programs that enhance the residents’ health, promote economic vitality and long term sustainability now and for future generations.” REFUND POLICY AND PROCEDURE It is the intention of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation (SCP+R) to offer a refund and/ or account credit for participants who qualify and meet the requirements. Participants who paid by cash, check or credit card will be issued a refund by check. All check refunds follow the County Treasurer’s bill paying schedule. There are no cash refunds. CANCELLATION Programs may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient emollment. A full refund or account credit will be issued for programs, sports leagues or shelter reservations cancelled by the SCP+R Department. Credit card refunds can only be processed if program was cancelled by SCP+R. SPORTS LEAGUES AND CLINICS, PROGRAMS, ROOM RENTALS Refunds will be issued with a 20% cancellation fee if cancelled by participant at least 21 days prior to the program start date. Cancellations less than 21 days prior to the start date will receive a 50 percent account credit. Account credit shall be utilized within twelve 12 months.
Refunds will be issued with a 20 percent cancellation fee for rentals cancelled by the participant at least 60 days prior to the reservation. Cancellations less than 60 days prior to the reservation date will receive a 50 percent account credit. No account credit will be issued if cancellation is less than seven days of reservation. Any shelter transfer shall follow the refund policy. Transfers to a lower price shelter shall not yield a refund. Account credit shall be utilized within 12 months. SCHOLARSHIPS “Our vision for programming is to reach out to people of all ages to encourage them to experience parks and recreation facilities through well-designed programs that create a lifetime of memories.” Shawnee County Parks + Recreation provides a wide variety of recreation opportunities for youth, yet not all families are able to afford the fees for participation in our programs. A youth scholarship program has been designed to assist those who meet the financial guidelines as set forth. Scholarship approval is good from Feb. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021. Forms are posted at parks. snco.us or call 785-251-8600. CAMPGROUND All campground fees are nonrefundable including unused reservations. REFUND REQUEST A Refund Request Form must be completed by participant. Forms are available at parks.snco.us, SCP+ R community centers, administrative offices or by calling 251-6800 and the refund request form can be mailed or emailed to participant. Send completed forms to: Shawnee County Parks + Recreation 3137 SE 29th Street Topeka, KS 66605 ATTN: Lori Anderson or via email: lori. email@example.com
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SHELTER RENTALS AND OLD PRAIRIE TOWN/WARDMEADE
TULIP TIME INCLUDES THREE POPULAR SPECIAL EVENTS: TULIPS AT TWILIGHT UNCORKED
Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden invites you to Tulips at Twilight Uncorked. Experience wine tasting from a variety of local wineries and receive a commemorative wine glass. Taste locally catered hors d’oeuvres while listening to live music. End the occasion with our sneak peek of Tulips at Twilight. For tickets call 251-6993. Age: 21+ Date: April 9 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (gardens open until 9 p.m.) Fee: $50 per person. Event tickets are limited and must be pre-purchased.
TULIPS AT TWILIGHT
In its initial year, Tulips at Twilight quickly became a favorite event in Shawnee County. The event is a visual feast featuring 35 lighted displays including larger-than-life illuminated flowers and tens of thousands of multi-colored tulips along lighted pathways.
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100,000 tulips; three public gardens
In honor its founder, Tulip Time 2020 will be named Jerold Binkley Tulip Time. The event began in Jerold Binkley’s home gardens when he was a member of the Topeka Beautification Association. For 22 years, he shared his personal gardens with visitors to Topeka. His desire to create a community-wide event gave birth to Tulip Time as it is celebrated today. Mr. Binkley passed away during Tulip Time 2019.
Enjoy live music and historic Old Prairie town tours on Friday and Saturday evenings. The garden is open Sunday through Thursday for a more tranquil experience. The event is hosted by Friends of Ward-Meade and the Parks For All Foundation. Age: 1+ Date: April 10-26 Time: 7-10 p.m. Fee: $5 Children 5 and under free.
TULIP FESTIVAL AT THE LAKE TED ENSLEY GARDENS/LAKE SHAWNEE
The popular Tulip Festival at the Lake returns to Ted Ensley Gardens. Grab some pancakes for breakfast or lunch from your favorite food truck, enjoy musical performances, visit the craft vendors and stroll the gardens to view 60,000 tulips in bloom on a beautiful spring day. A car show and Easter Egg hunt are also part of the fun. Sponsored by Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens and the Parks For All Foundation. Age: 1+ Date: April 11 Time: 8-10 a.m. breakfast; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. event Fee: $5 Tulip Time is made possible by: Parks For All Foundation Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens Friends of Ward-Meade Shawnee County Parks+ Recreation
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EVENTS FEB. 8
Big Gage Shelter House Time: Sat. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $40/couple; $14/ additional child
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 6-12 Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $100 per person
Spring Break Activities
Old Prairie Town/WardMeade Botanical Garden Time: 7-10 p.m. Age: 1+ Fee: $5 donation. Children 5 and under free.
Daddy Daughter Date Night
Moonlight Egg Hunt
Shawnee North Community Center Grab your flashlight and keep your eyes open for sparkling Easter Eggs. The hunt takes place on the Nature Trail in the dark. Age: 5-12 yrs. Time: Thur. 8-9 p.m. Fee: $10 per person Pre-registration required by April 6
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Hillcrest Community Center Age: 6-12 yrs. Time: Noon-3 p.m. Fee: Free
APRIL 10-26 Tulip Time
Ted Ensley Gardens/ Lake Shawnee, Doran Rock Garden/Gage Park, WardMeade Botanical Garden/ Old Prairie Town
Tulips at Twilight
Tulips at Twilight Uncorked
Old Prairie Town/WardMeade Botanical Garden Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (gardens open until 9 p.m.) Fee: $50 per person. Event tickets are limited and must be pre-purchased. Age: 21+
APRIL 11 Tulip Festival at the Lake
Ted Ensley Gardens/Lake Shawnee Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $5 suggested donation Age: 1+
Preschool Track Meet
Central Park Community Center Age: 3-5 yrs. Time: Wed. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $15 per person Preregistration required
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hen it comes to quality of life and quality of place, a strong parks and recreation system is essential. Parks and recreation facilities help attract and keep residents and businesses in communities, increase real estate values and even help reduce juvenile crime. In Shawnee County we have some impressive parks and facilities including Lake Shawnee, Gage Park, Bettis Family Sports Complex and our aquatic centers. Our largest parks draw millions of people into our community and those visitors spend money. Our baseball and softball tournaments alone generate estimated economic activity of $5.25 million. We also have an impressive number of parks – 109 in total. That’s a lot to maintain but we do have a plan and we’re making progress. Our Master Plan calls for updating five to eight parks each year. We have identified parks, held public engagement meetings with nearby residents and are pouring concrete pads for playground equipment, picnic shelters, basketball courts and walking trails. We also received a $256,000 Healthy Play Initiatives Grant from GameTime which will help bring new playground equipment to 11 parks next summer. THE GUIDE 2020 WINTER/SPRING
Over the past year, we have invested $2.6 million on park projects that include multiple updates of Hillcrest Community Park. We upgraded and installed new amenities at the swimming pool, installed the community’s first outdoor fitness equipment, first Futsal courts, new playground equipment and new security lighting. We plan to invest in our community parks one at a time to upgrade them for their many patrons. Our trail system now includes 60 miles of natural surface and paved trails. Part of our Master Plan includes connecting as many trails as possible. We are presently three miles of trail and a street project (on SE 29th Street) from connecting our major trails across our community with the Shunga Trail connecting to the Deer Creek Trail which will run to SE 29th and down to the Lake Shawnee Trail. This is a huge advancement for our community. As we move forward, we will continue updating parks each year and taking public input as we do so. It will take time for us to get to every park, but we are developing momentum and we’re noticing the community getting excited about our progress. To have a strong parks system, we must maintain all of the parks and facilities that we have, but we must look to the future to meet the needs of everyone in Shawnee County. This does mean adding new park amenities and facilities in growing areas, or to meet the demand for popular or trending activities such as pickleball or disc golf. You will see these new amenities going in where needed but rest assured, we are committed to maintaining our entire Parks and Recreation system.
“As we move forward, we will continue updating parks each year and taking public input as we do so.”
Tim Laurent, Director
For complete details on planned improvements, visit
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Choose from one of the many classes, activities, sports or other programs offered through Shawnee County Parks + Recreation and we’ll make it easy for you to register! • To register online go to parks.snco.us and click the Online Registration button or register in person at any Shawnee County Parks + Recreation office or community center.
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Recreational sports clinics provide a great way to introduce kids to a variety of activities that encourage an active healthy lifestyle. Clinic instructors will provide a safe, positive environment for kids to work on new skills. Good sportsmanship and teambuilding are emphasized. Age: 3-5 yrs. Fee: $15 per session
Preschoolers will be introduced to the sport of floor hockey. No skating ability is required for this exciting chance to try a new sport. Skill development includes, stick and puck handling, passing, and shooting. Work on agility and large motor control will be emphasized. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Jan. 16, 23, 30 Time: Thur. 6-6:45 p.m. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Date: Jan. 7, 14, 21 Time: Mon. 6-6:45 p.m.
Preschoolers will work on developing kicking, catching, running bases and working as a team. Sportsmanship and social skills are a big part of team sports. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Date: Feb. 5, 12, 19 Time: Wed. 6-6:45 p.m.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Sat. 9:30-10 a.m. Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 28 (no class March 14), April 18-May 23 (no class May 2)
Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Date: Feb. 3, 10, 17 Time: Mon. 6-6:45 p.m.
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Sat. 9:30-10 a.m. Date: Jan. 6-Feb. 3, Feb.17-March 23 (No Class Mar 9); April 20- May 18 Time: Mon. 5:30-6 p.m.
Preschoolers will take the first step toward learning the “Great American Pastime”. Skill development includes, batting, fielding, catching and running. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: April 13 ,20, 27 Time: Mon. 6-6:45 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Date: April 15, 22, 29 Time: Wed. 6-6:45 p.m.
Basic movement and coordination increases flexibility and motor skills. Children will develop new skills in a supportive social environment. Age: 3-5 yrs. Fee: $30 per session
Develop coordination, rhythm and basic ballet and tap moves that will support large motor skills in an active supportive environment. Age: 3-5 yrs. Fee: $30 per session Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 28 (no class March 14), April 18-May 23 (no class May 2) Time: Sat. 10:15-11 a.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 6-Feb. 3, Feb. 17-March 23 (No Class Mar 9); April 20-May 18 Time: Mon. 6:15 -7 p.m.
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Zumba® Kids Jr.
A fun and energy-packed dance fitness class for kids only. Develop creativity, build confidence and spatial awareness in an active supportive environment. Age: 4-6 yrs. Fee: $30 per session Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 28 (no class March 14), April 18-May 23 (no class May 2) Time: Sat. 11:15 a.m.-Noon Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 9-Feb. 6, Feb. 20-March 26 (No Class March 12), April 23- May 28 (no class March 14) Time: Thur. 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Toddler Open Gym/Space
Children will get a chance to develop large and fine motor skills while socializing with peers. Adults bringing participants can help provide a supportive environment for exploration of new activities. Equipment provided. Age: 0-5 yrs. Date: Ongoing Fee: Free Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 3-5 yrs. Old Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 9-10 a.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Tues., 10 a.m.-Noon Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Wed. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Time: Wed. 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Staff provides a safe, supportive environment for children to socialize and explore new experiences. Participants will make a craft, enjoy games and story time. Age: 3-5 yrs. Time: 6-7 p.m. Fee: $5 Children’s Party House in Gage Park 251-6800 Hats Coats Mittens and More Stay toasty inside while enjoying winter themed activities. Date: Jan. 9
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Cupid’s Cuties Preschoolers celebrate Valentine’s Day by thinking about the one’s they love. Date: Feb.10 Leapin’ Leprechauns Wear your green and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day activities. Date: March 12 Bunny Bunch Children will have a hoppin’ good time celebrating Easter. Date: April 9
Story Time – TSCPL Program
Storytellers visit Crestview, read books, and teach learning activities. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2, April 30 Time: Thur. 10:30-11 a.m. Fee: Free
YOUTH Youth Open Gym
Play is part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Work on basic skills or practice new ones in a social environment. Center staff provides a positive supportive environment. Age: 6-187 yrs. Date: Ongoing Fee: Free Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Mon.-Thur. 3:30-6:30 p.m., Fri. 3-5:30 p.m., Sat. Noon-3 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Mon.-Fri. 3-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Mon.-Fri., 3-5 p.m. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Mon.-Fri. 3-5:30 p.m., Sat. Noon-3 p.m.
Youth Volleyball Clinic
The clinic will teach kids the fundamentals of volleyball, in addition to skills regarding teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for others. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Age: 6-14 Date: Wed. Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 Time: 6-7 p.m. Fee: $20 per person
Kids Night Out
Kids will participate in a variety of games and activities indoors at Garfield and Rice Community Centers. Ages: 6-12 yrs. Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $2 per person per session Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Date: Mon., Jan. 6 and Thur., Feb. 20 Rice Community Center 251-6800 Date: Thur., March 12
Participants will build tap and ballet skills, and be introduced to jazz dance in a safe, social environment. No prior dance experience is required, though learning is at a faster pace than Dance 1. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 5-9 yrs. Date: Jan. 6-Feb. 3, Feb. 17-March 23 (No Class March 9); April 20-May 18 Time: Mon. 7:15-8 p.m. Fee: $30 per session
Participants will learn the basics of cheerleading including chants, cheers and chorography in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Cheerleading helps develop confidence and leadership skills. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Age: 6-12 yrs. Date: March 3-24 Time: Tue. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $15 per person
Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Time: Sat. Noon-3 p.m.
Participants will build on basic tumbling skills with a focus on gross motor skills and balance in a safe, social environment. Age: 5-9 yrs. (5 year old may register at instructorâ€™s discretion) Fee: $30 per session Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Jan. 11-Feb. 8, Feb. 22-March 28 (no class March 14), April 18-May 23 Time: Sat. 9-9:30 a.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 9-Feb. 6, Feb. 20-March 26 (No Class Mar 12); April 23- May 21 Time: Thur. 7:30-8 p.m.
Moonlight Egg Hunt
Grab your flashlight and keep your eyes open for sparkling Easter Eggs. The hunt takes place on the Nature Trail in the dark. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 5-12 yrs. Date: April 9 Time: Thur. 8-9 p.m. Fee: $10 per person Pre-registration required Registration deadline April 6
Activestars Karate at Garfield
Activstars has created one of the most comprehensive martial arts programs for children and teens in an everchanging world. We teach our students to stay safely aware and avoid bullying while developing mind and body. Every ActivStars karate and martial arts instructor has been trained on our safety awareness SAFEShield. For more information check Activestars website or call (888) 619-2131 Instructor: Joseph Mowery Winter/Spring 2020 Jan. 25-May 16 (No classes March 14) Number of Weeks: 10 Registration Fee: $10 Class Fee: $9* *$12 for advanced, $10 for extended.
Each day is a full schedule of games, trips, crafts and more. Pre and post care included, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 6-12 yrs. Date: March 9-13 Time: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee: $100 per person
Spring Break Activities
Join us on your break to do a wide range of activities during each day of the week. Activities include video gaming, basketball, arts, crafts, music, dancing and so much more. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Age: 6-12 Date: Mar. 9-13 Time: Noon-3 p.m. Fee: Free
Nature Adventure Spring Break Camp
Weeklong Nature themed spring break camp, experience the great outdoors like never before. Friday evening optional parent/guardian/participant campout. Lake Shawnee Campground 251-6953 Age: 5-12 yrs. Date: March 9-13 Time: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $100 per person
Junior Golf Clinics
Learn from PGA certified golf professionals, covering everything from how to properly hit woods, irons, along with chipping and putting. Class will cover rules, etiquette, as well as learning proper practice techniques. Clubs are provided or bring yours from home. Lake Shawnee Golf Course 251-6840 Age: 5-16 Date: April Time: Sat. 10-11 a.m. Fee: $80 per person
MEMORIAL GARDENS Nestled in a peaceful setting on Auburn Road north of I-70, West Lawn Memorial Gardens offers a beautiful location for family members to rest in eternity. Special features include a Veterans Field of Honor and an Avenue of Flags. West Lawn Memorial Gardens offers five gardens from which to choose and more than 12,000 burial plots. Choose between Christus, Veterans Field of Honor, Prayer I, Prayer II and Old Rugged Cross. Our staff at Shawnee County Parks + Recreation know that discussing memorial options can often be difficult. Weâ€™ll do our best to ensure your comfort when you decide to lay your loved ones to rest in Westlawn Memorial Gardens. Prices starting at: Garden of Christus - $1135 Veterans Field of Honor - $1025 Prayer I and II - $920 Old Rugged Cross - $810 Office hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cemetery hours: Dawn to Dusk Website: parks.snco.us
For more information contact Josh Michael
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All Star Spectacular
This is a chance to test your basketball skills in a three point contest, obstacle course and free throw competition. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 7-12 yrs. Date: Feb. 15 Age: 13-18 yrs. Date: Feb. 22 Time: Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. End time depends on number of participants Fee: $5 per participant
Paint a masterpiece step-by-step with an experienced artist. Open to novice and veteran artists. All supplies are included. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 8-16 yrs. Date: Jan. 24 & March 27 Time: Fri. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $15 per session
Topeka Pilots Hockey Night
Are you interested in the sport of hockey? Your hometown Topeka Pilots are playing at the Stormont Vail Event Center and we’ll take you there! Catch a ride with our staff from Crestview Community Center to the game to enjoy a fun and sociable night with other fans. Tickets and food voucher included in fee price. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Jan. 31 & March 27 Time: Fri. 6-10 p.m. Fee: $25/person per game
Art & You TSCPL Program
Enjoy hands-on art projects for kids with a variety of materials and techniques in a positive environment. Age: 6-12 yrs. Fee: Free Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Date: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2 Time: Thur. 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 23, April 27 Time: Mon. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Date: Feb. 5, March 4, April 1 Time: Wed. 4-5 p.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Date: Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 25, April 29 Time: Wed. 4-5 p.m.
An energy-packed way for kids to stay active while building leadership and team work skills as well as confidence, memory, creativity, balance, and coordination in a safe, social environment. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 7-11 Date: Jan 8-Feb 5; Feb 19-March 25 (No Class March 11); Apr 22-May 20 Time: Wed 6:30-7:15 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan 9–Feb 6; Feb 20–March 26 (No Class Mar 12); Apr 23–May 21 Time: Thu 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Topeka Community Cycle Project
Get help with your bike from volunteers of the TCCP. Staff will aid you in fixing flats, adjusting brakes, and answering questions about bikes. Adults can volunteer five hours to receive a bike and kids receive a bike for free. Helmets are always available free to the public. Oakland Community Center Date: Thurs., Sat. Time: Thurs. 5-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1p.m Fee: Free
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It Takes a Village @ Rice Community Center
Steven Massey founder and director of It Takes a Village will offer after school performing arts programs in partnership with SCP+R. Programs will include art, music, voice, theater and dance along with tutoring, counseling and nutritional services. Age: 10-20 yrs. Time: Mon.-Fri. 4-9 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon & 6 p.m. Sun. 2-7 p.m. as needed Community classes D,A,T and Dr $5 Community music $10 ITAV Registration $15 new registration fee Dance, Art, Theater and Voice $24/month Music $36/month ITAV Company Dance Classes $42/month *Subject to change* www.itav4arts.com firstname.lastname@example.org 785-580-9707
ASPIRE GYMNASTICS @ GARFIELD Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Gymnastics Schedule Tiny Tots:
$44/month, 30 min. Age: 18 mos-2.5 yrs. Time: Mon. 10:30 a.m., Wed. 6 p.m. This is a “guardian and child” class in which guardian and child will both participate. The focus of the class will be developing cognitive, motor and social skills, along with strengthening the bond between guardian and child.
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s Adopt-APark/Trail program is designed to encourage the community to take a hands-on approach to helping keep the county’s parks and trails clean, safe and attractive for residents and visitors through debris pick-up and beautification activities. The program promotes civic pride, appreciation, awareness and enhances the quality of life in our community.
For more information
contact Kim Atchison 785.251.6849 email@example.com
$44/month, 30 min. Age: 2.5-3 yrs. Time: Mon.10 a.m., Tue. 5:45 p.m., Wed. 4:30 p.m. This class focuses on developing body awareness, gross motor skills, hand/ eye coordination, and social interaction through fun and interactive gymnastic activities. Children learn healthy separation from parents, independence, increase their social skills and learn to follow directions, by interacting with other children within the structure of the class.
$52/month, 45 min. Age: 4-5 yrs. Time: Tue. 6:15 p.m., Thurs. 4:30 p.m. In this class, children maneuver through obstacle courses and learn basic gymnastics skills on floor, balance beam, bars, and trampoline. Children continue to learn independence, increase their social skills and learn to follow directions, by interacting with other children within the structure of the class. Body/spatial awareness, strength, coordination and courage are all developed as they learn to try new things!
$52/month, 45 min. Age: 6-12 yrs. Time: Mon. 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Age: 6-8 yrs. Time: Wed. 6:15 p.m. Age: 9-12 yrs. Thur. 5:15 p.m. Age: 8-11 yrs. This class is for those who have never taken gymnastics classes. Instructors use demonstration, spotting, and verbal explanation to teach new skills on each event. They may also use drills and repetition to emphasize important aspects of new skills. Class is often set up in “circuit training” or “obstacles” to keep your child engaged throughout events. This class will also get to utilize the trampoline for learning body control.
$59/month, 60 min Age: 7-12 yrs. Time: Thur. 6 p.m. This class is for those who have had some previous training or have advanced past Beginner Gymnastics. Instructors emphasize performing skills with good form and consistency. New skills include back-walkovers and back-handsprings, front handsprings, cartwheels, cross and side handstands on the beam & mill circles, front hip circles and glide swings/kip concepts on bars. Strength and flexibility have a greater focus and importance at this level as most of these skills begin to emerge quickly when the gymnast has increased her strength.
$67/month, 75 min. Age: 7+ Time: Thur. 7 p.m. Prerequisite: standing back-handspring, back walk-over. Advanced Gymnastics is the highest level in the Recreational Program. This class will focus on runtumbling and connecting multiple skills together on floor as well as learning rotations/flips. Skills are progressed on the other apparatus as well based on ability.
Beginner Dance Tumbling:
$52/month, 45 min Age: 6+ Time: Wed. 5 p.m. This class is specifically designed for the dancer who has little to no experience with tumbling but is wanting to learn basic acro skills. The focus of this class is to develop body control and special awareness while also learning basic tumbling skills such as handstands, cartwheels, back walk-overs, etc.
Intermediate Dance Tumbling:
$52/month, 45 min. Age: 6+ Time: Wed. 5:45 p.m. This class is for the dancer who already has basic tumbling down but is wanting to polish and progress their acro skills. The focus is to continue developing strength and body control while advancing acro skills. Skills taught will include but are not limited to advanced walk-overs, valdez, round offs, backhand springs, aerials, and much more!
Tot/Preschool Open Gym:
$5, 1.5 hrs Age: 18 mos-5 yrs. Time: Wed. 10-11:30 a.m. Parents/Caregivers come join us for our Preschool Open Gym. This is the perfect place to play while improving coordination, motor development and special awareness.
$5, 1.5 hrs. Age: 6-18 yrs. Time: Sat. 10-11:30 a.m. Open gyms are designed to allow the student to work on various skills without having a structured class schedule. A trained staff will always be available to help with skills as well as monitor for safety. This is set up for the older age group; no child under the age of six will be allowed during this time due to safety.
ADULT Airplane Club
Enjoy flying or watching indoor remote control planes. A great chance to socialize and learn something new. Planes not provided. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: All ages Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 10:30 a.m.-Noon Fee: Free
Master beekeepers, Steve & Becky Tipton offer exciting opportunities in beekeeping. Explore hive construction, installing the bees, and hive management up until harvest time. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 12 + Date: Feb. 19, March 18, April 15 Time: Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. Fee: Free
Creative Container Gardening
Presented by Environmental Landscape Designers Elsie Gibeson and John Kerl. Your garden is just as much a form of expression as your home is, so why not take things up a notch or two? These container gardening ideas will revolutionize the way you think about plants! Growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in containers is gaining in popularity. All aspects of container gardening, including the best containers to use, appropriate potting mixes, what to plant and how to fertilize and water will be covered. Free container plants. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 12 + Date: March 25 Time: Wed. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: Free
Oil and Acrylic Painting
Mary Lou Gudenkauf teaches the basics of oil or acrylic using the Old Masters technique. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 8-29, Feb. 5-26, March 4-25, April 1- 22 Time: Wed., 9:15-11:15 a.m.
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Date: Jan. 8-29, Feb. 5-26, March 4- 25, April 1- 22 Time: Wed., 1-3 p.m. Date: Jan. 9-30, Feb. 6-27, March 5-26, April 2- 23 Time: Thur., 1-3 p.m. Fee: $40 per session
Antique Trunk Restoration
Put on your old clothes and dig out that family heirloom in the attic or your garage sale find. It’s time to restore your trunk to its beautiful best. Supplies are purchased by the participant and a list may be obtained at the center office. Instructor Joyce Myers will preview your trunk after you register. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is April 13. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ Date: April 20-24 Time: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $60 per person
Also knows as bags or sack toss, cornhole is a popular summer-time game usually enjoyed with a little fun in the sun. We are bringing this fun social game indoors this winter, offering two separate league nights; singles and doubles. All skill levels are welcome, must be 21 to participate. League information will be sent out 1 week prior to start of 8 week session. Garfield Shelter House, 251-6950 Singles competition Date: Tues. Jan. 7-Feb. 25 Time: 6 p.m. Fee: $25 per person Doubles team competition Date: Thurs. Jan. 9-Feb. 27 Time: 6 p.m. Fee: $50 per team
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Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Date: Second Mon. of the month. Starting in Feb. Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fee: Free
TOPEKA SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CLASSES Register for programs on the TSCPL website: tscpl.org
Get started in genealogy and learn how to use your library’s print and online resources. Receive a pedigree chart and other helpful forms. Bring your own laptop or tablet to create a free FamilySearch account. Age: 18 + Fee: Free Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2 Time: Thur., 10-11:30 a.m. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Date: Jan.13, Feb. 10, March 9, April 13 Time: Mon. 5-6:30 p.m.
Crestview Chapter Chat
Chat about what you’re reading in this laid-back neighborhood book club. use your own book or pick one up at Crestview. Jan. - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward: Feb. - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; March Lottery by Patricia Wood; April - Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
Kansas Children’s Service League Circle of Parents
Parents needing some advice on parenting can get some insightful information in a supportive and friendly environment. Meet other parents who can share their experience and advice. Age: Anyone that has kids. Fee: Free Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Date: Third Mon. of the month. Starting in Feb. Time: 5:30.-6:30 p.m.
Paint a masterpiece step by step with an experienced artist. Open to novice to veteran artists. All supplies included. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 17+ Date: Feb. 28 & April 24 Time: Fri. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $15 per person
Topeka Community Cycle Project
Get help with your bike from volunteer of the TCCP. Staff will aid you in fixing flats, adjusting brakes, and answering questions about bikes. Adults can volunteer five hours to receive a bike and kids receive a bike for free. Helmets are always available free to the public. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Date: Thurs., Sat. Time: Thurs. 5-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m Fee: Free
SENIOR Senior Basketball
Recreational sports are part of a healthy and active life style. This is a great chance to show off your skill set in a positive environment. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 50+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $2 per person
This is an opportunity to learn a new skill in a positive supportive social atmosphere. Coffee and cards provided. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: Ongoing Fee: $1 per person Time: Mon., 1-3 p.m.
FITNESS & WELLNESS Open Volleyball
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned player, come drop in at Crestview and have a blast working on your skills or just have fun with friends. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $2 per person
Prime Time Volleyball Pitch
Enjoy spending time with your friends playing pitch. This program provides a chance for beginners to learn a new game along with experienced players in a positive environment. Coffee and cards provided. Age: 50+ Date: Ongoing Fee: $1 per person Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Thur. 1-3 p.m. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Wed. 1-3 p.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Tue 1-3 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Fri. 1-3 p.m.
Spend time with friends in a positive social setting. Coffee and cards provided. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Date: Ongoing Time: Tue. 12:30-4 p.m. Fee: $1 per person
Senior Shuffle Board
Stay active while interacting with friends in a positive social setting. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 10 a.m.-Noon Fee: $2 per person
Bump, set, and spike! Showcase your skills on the court in this supportive, social environment while maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tues., Thur. 7-9 p.m. Fee: $2 per person
Is a fun game that is along the lines of volleyball but it is played on a racquetball court. Open to later times if called in advance. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Age: 16+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $3 per person
Walk ‘n Talk
This is a great way to stay active, rain or shine while socializing with friends. Date: Ongoing Fee: Free Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Tues., Thur., Fri. Noon-2 p.m. Crestview Community Center Time: Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 8-10 a.m.
This fun game uses a rubber ball; Hillcrest has two indoor courts available. Equipment for is available Open to later times if called in advance. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Age: All ages Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fee: $3 per person
GOLF Courses Lake Shawnee 4141 SE East Edge Road 785.251.6840 www.lakeshawneegolf.com The par-70 layout at Lake Shawnee Golf Course measures more than 6,300 yards from the back tees. Many of the course’s holes combine breathtaking views and the challenges of playing alongside Lake Shawnee. The manageable length of the golf course and affordable anytime rates make Lake Shawnee Golf Course your best choice for golf in the region. Cypress Ridge 2533 SW Urish Road 785.251.6870 www.cypressridgegc.com Cypress Ridge Golf Course offers a challenge for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Located at the western edge of the Capital City, Cypress Ridge offers 6,200 rolling yards of excellent golf with affordable anytime rates. It is located 1 ½ miles west of the Wanamaker corridor just south of 21st Street on Urish Road. Forbes 700 SW Capehart Road 785.862.0114 www.forbesgc.com Forbes is a nine-hole, par-36 layout in southeast Shawnee County. Measuring 3,253 yards, the course offers a relaxed atmosphere for golfers of all skill levels. Featuring three sets of tees on a links style layout, the course can be challenging for the experienced, yet easy enough for beginners. FootGolf Along with traditional golf, Forbes offers FootGolf, a unique blend of the popular sports of soccer and golf. The game is played with a soccer ball on the golf course but with separate greens featuring 21-inch diameter cups. The goal of FootGolf is to kick the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes possible. The course is set up as an 18 -hole par66 layout measuring 2,057 yards.
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Adult Open Gym
Reach personal fitness goals with a drop in program at one of the SCP+R gyms as part of a healthy active life style in a social environment. Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Fee: $2 per person Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Tue., Thur. 1-3 p.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Mon.-Sat. Noon-3 p.m. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Mon., Tues, Thur., Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Noon-3 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Mon.-Fri., Noon-3 p.m.
I N A Q U AT I C S More Aqua Fitness Venues New classes Fitness birthday parties and private events Sunflower Aquathon (3 hour showcase class) 5K Water Walks All American Aqua Boot Camp Much Much More!
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This game can add some excitement to an active lifestyle. All skill levels welcome in a supportive and social environment Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Fee: $2 per person Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Tues., Fri. 9-11 a.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Mon., Wed. 10 a.m.-Noon Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Mon., Wed., Fri. 1-3 p.m.
As part of a healthy active lifestyle come workout in a supportive, social environment. Participants can work toward individual fitness goals. Open year-round during center hours. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Fee: $50 per year adults, $7 per month Fitness Passes can be used for drop-in visits. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Fee: Free
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MARTIAL ARTS Tai Chi for Veterans
Tai Chi focuses on breathing and mindfulness techniques paired with light physical motions. In addition to improved physical health, Tai Chi may prove beneficial in the management of opioid dependence & reducing the symptoms of mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This class is exclusive to veterans, taught by TaijiFit instructor Madon Dailey. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Starting March 2020 Time: Mon., Wed. 4-5 p.m. Fee: Free with voucher from the V.A.
Instructed by volunteer Wells Bridges. This karate class is popular with students of all skill levels. It will provide you with improved mental/physical coordination, poise, flexibility and strength. Please wear loose fitting clothing. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Age: 6+ Time: Mon., Wed. 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: $15 per month
Tae Kwon Do Beginners & Advanced
Second Degree Black Belt Parker Abbot with Sun Yiâ€™s Academy will teach self defense tactics along with the art of Tae Kwon Do. Improve coordination, agility and overall physical conditioning. Participants may test to advance belt rank. Uniforms are required for testing. Classes are monthly. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 7+ Date: On going Beginners Time: Tue. 6-7 p.m. Advanced Time: Tue. 7-8 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per month
Mark Brown Tae Kwon Do
Bring your kids to Hillcrest Community Center to participate in a martial art that is good for health and defensiveness in a safe, fun and social able environment. Contact Mark Brown at 785-506-5111 Age: 7+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tues., Thur. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per month
Okinawan Shorin-Ryu is a hard style of karate that emphasizes natural body movement and stances. The program will improve mental and physical coordination, poise, flexibility and strength and is designed for persons of all ages and skill levels.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 6+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $30 per month
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 6+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: $42 per month
Rebound Physical Therapy Classes Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Oct. 16 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
“Back to Function - Ways to Manage Your Back Pain”
Learn the value of how physical therapy can help you manage and prevent back pain. Date: Jan. 15 Time: 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
“Beat Anxiety the Natural Way”
Learn the causes of anxiety and stress; discuss symptoms and warning signs and how to cope naturally. Date: Feb. 19 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
“Knocking Out Knee Pain”
Understand simple ways to manage and prevent knee pain. Learn proper ways to sit and stand and how problems in other areas can affect knee function. Date: March 18 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
“Sleep & How It Affects Your Health” Learn about the benefits of sleep while focusing on proper ergonomics. Understand the symptoms of sleep deprivation and how too much sleep can have negative effects. Date: April 15 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
FITNESS PASS CLASSES
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon.-Fri. 10-11 a.m.
Hypno Yoga Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon., Wed. Noon-1 p.m.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Ongoing Time: Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Kick boxing Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Date: Ongoing Time: Tue. & Thur. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Zumba Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon. 6-7 p.m.
Zumba Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Date: Ongoing Time: Tues. 6-7 p.m.
Yoga Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Tues., Thur. 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Full Body Fitness Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Mon., Fri., 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Zumba Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Date: Ongoing Time: Mon., Thur. 6-7 p.m.
Gentle Yoga Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Time: Tue., Thu. 9-10 a.m.
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SPORTS Sports Office: 251-6970
Lake Shawnee Half Marathon + 5K – NEW in 2020 Registration deadline May 20 Age: All Date: May 30 Time: 7:30 a.m. Fee: Half Marathon: $60, 5K: $30
YOUTH SPORTS Parks For All
FOUNDATION OUR MISSION:
To enhance the park and recreation experience in Shawnee County through charitable contributions of time and money. Projects supported by generous gifts include: • Adaptive Recreation • Bettis Family Sports Complex • Dornwood Park • Gage Park & Gardens • Golf Courses • Hanger Preserve • Helen Hocker Theater • Kossover Tennis Center • Lake Shawnee Girls Softball • Natural Areas & Trails • Old Prairie Town • Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame • Shawnee Yacht Club • Ted Ensley Gardens • Topeka Horseshoe Association • Youth Scholarships The Parks For All Foundation offers a memorial bench program to honor your loves ones. For $2,500 you can place a black steel arched back bench with an engraved bronze plaque in one of Shawnee County’s beautiful parks. An application form is available online.
For more information 785.251.6878 visit parksforallfoundation.org 1800 SE 21st Street Topeka, KS 66607
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Registration can be done by individual OR by team – NEW in 2020. Requests granted whenever possible. Volunteer coaches needed for all leagues.
Youth Volleyball League
League shirt provided. Leagues offered: 8U, 11U, 14U Registration deadline: Jan. 22 Age: 6-14 Date: Feb. 29-March 28 (Sat.) Fee: $40 per player; $375 per team
Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association serves youth baseball athletes ages 4 to 14. Individual and team registration available for players/teams age 6 and under. Team registration is required for ages 7-14. All fees due by Feb. 1. All paperwork and blackout dates due at League Meeting. Bettis Family Sports Complex – other locations when necessary Age: 4-14 Date: April 2-July 12 Fee: 6U: $85 per child or $900 per team; 7U-8U: $1,300 per team; 9U-14U: $1,450 per team
Shawnee County Girls Softball Association serves youth softball athletes between the ages of 4 and 18. Children 6 and under sign up individually and team registration is required for ages 7-18. Team deposit of $250 due at February league meeting. Lake Shawnee Softball Complex Age: 4-18 Date: April 13-June 25 Fee: 6U - $65 per child 7U CP /8U PP - $850 per team 10U - $1050 per team 12U - $900 per team Grand Slam - $700 per team
Youth Soccer League – Spring
League play will be 7 vs. 7. League shirt provided. Leagues offered: 6U, 8U, 11U, 14U Registration deadline March 4 Age: 4-14 Date: April 4-May 2 (Sat.) Fee: $40 per player; $375 per team
TBSA Baseball + Softball
Topeka Baseball and Softball Association (TBSA) offers baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4-18. Registration deadline April 1 Fee: Baseball: 6U: $35 per player; 8U-18U: $125 Softball: 6U: $35 per player; 8U-18U: $100 Call Melody Rosencutter at 785-640-0822 with questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.topekabaseballandsoftball.com Option #1: Register online Option #2: Print and mail forms to: TBSA PO Box 1662 Topeka, KS 66601
Youth Baseball League
League shirt provided. Leagues offered: 6U T-Ball*, 8U Machine Pitch, 12U Player Pitch – NEW in 2020 *T-Ball Leagues will feature a Northern and a South Central League. All leagues will have a primary game day with a couple Saturday games to bring teams from all leagues together. Registration deadline: April 29 Age: 4-12 Date: June 1-30 (Multiple days) Fee: $40 per player; $375 per team
Youth 3-on-3 Basketball League – NEW in 2020
Adult Softball League – Session 1
Youth Soccer League – Summer
Adult Basketball League – Session 2
League shirt/jersey provided. Leagues offered: Grade 3-4, Grade 5-6, Middle School, High School Registration deadline May 6 Age: 8-18 Date: June 1-July 2 (Multiple days: TBD) Fee: $30 per player, $100 per team League play will be 7 vs. 7 and will play 8-game season at multiple sites – NEW in 2020. League shirt provided. Leagues offered: 6U, 8U, 11U, 14U Registration deadline May 13 Age: 4-14 Date: June 13-July 25 (Multiple days) Fee: $55 per player, $500 per team
Youth Kickball League
League shirt provided. Leagues offered: Grades Pre-K-4, Grades 5-8 Registration deadline July 1 Age: 4-14 Date: Aug. 1-Aug. 29 (Sat.) Fee: $30 per player
Youth Softball League – NEW in 2020
League shirt provided. Leagues offered: 6U T-Ball, 8U, 10U, 12U, 18U Registration deadline Aug. 5 Age: 4-18 Date: Sept. 7-Oct. 10 (Multiple days) Fee: $30 per player, $300 per team
All adult leagues vary in levels of competitiveness. League 1 is our most competitive option in any sport, while League 3 is more recreational. Players must register as a team (Unless Free Agent option is available) and submit roster prior to first game.
Adult Volleyball League – Session 1
Women’s, Men’s 50+ and CoRec volleyball leagues play a 6-week season with 12 matches. Registration deadline Jan. 15 Age: 16+ Date: Feb. 17-April 3 Fee: $150 per team
Women’s, Men’s and CoRec slow-pitch league single-game season play a 4-game season. Men’s and CoRec doubleheader leagues play an 8-game season. Registration deadline Feb. 26 Age: 16+ Date: March 23-April 17 Fee: $130 per team – single game $260 per team – doubleheader
Adult basketball leagues will conclude in tournament format – NEW in 2020. All teams will be guaranteed at least 8 games total. Registration deadline March 4 Ages: 16+ Date: March 25-May 14 (Wed., Thurs., Sun. options) Fee: $280 per team or $30 per individual to join free agent pool/ expansion team.
Adult Beach Volleyball – Summer Women’s and CoRec volleyball leagues play a 6-week season with 12 matches. Registration deadline May 6 Lake Shawnee, Gage Park Ages: 16+ Date: May 31-July 24 (Tues., Sun. options) Fee: $60
Adult Volleyball League – Session 2
Women’s, Men’s 50+ and CoRec volleyball leagues play a 6-week season with 12 matches. Registration deadline May 6 Ages: 16+ Date: June 1-July 10 Fee: $150 per team
Adult Kickball – Spring League
Adult kickball leagues are CoRec. All teams will be guaranteed at least 8 games. Registration deadline March 25 Felker Park and Rueger Softball Complex Ages: 16+ Date: April 19-June 7 (Tues. and Sun. options available) Fee: $210 or $25 per individual to join free agent pool/expansion team.
Adult Softball League – Session 2
Women’s, Men’s and CoRec leagues will be offered. Season length TBD. New season format being explored. Registration deadline April 15 Ages: 16+ Date: May 1-Aug. 9 Fee: TBD
Adult Soccer Summer League
Adult soccer leagues are 7 vs. 7 and will conclude in tournament format – NEW in 2020. All teams will be guaranteed at least 8 games total. Registration deadline May 6 Oakland-Billard Park and Shawnee North Soccer Complex Ages: 16+ Date: May 27-July 22 (Wed.) Fee: $315 or $30 per individual to join free agent pool/expansion team. THE GUIDE 2020 WINTER/SPRING
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s nearly 60 miles of trails offer a leisurely stroll with side ventures into beautiful gardens, or a hike, run or mountain bike ride up hilly terrain leading to panoramic views of the county. There are 30 miles of paved trails and nearly 28 miles of natural surface trails running through forested, prairie and open natural areas. Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is continually increasing the number and length of trails in our community while connecting as many trails as possible. Shunga Trail – 8.5-mile paved concrete pedestrian/bicycle trail beginning at 29th and McClure and continuing east to SE 2nd. The trail will eventually stretch across Topeka. Lake Shawnee Trail – 7-mile paved concrete pedestrian/bicycle trail encircling the lake.
Gage Park Fitness Loop Trail – 2-mile paved trail encircling Gage Park. Deer Creek Trail – 2-mile trail from SE Golden to SE 6th and SE 6th to SE 10th.
Dornwood Nature Trail – 9.9 miles of natural surface, woodland hiking trail accessible from SE 25th and Highland.
Grant-Bradbury – Located west of Forbes Field, 2 miles of natural surface trails run through 80-acres of virgin prairie that has never been plowed. The area includes hundreds of native prairie species, some of which are scarcely found elsewhere in the state.
Landon Trail – 4.75-mile paved and gravel trail along an abandoned railroad track running from SE 15th to SE 45th.
Soldier Creek Trail – 1.8-mile paved concrete bicycle/pedestrian trail from NE Garfield Park to NW Lyman Road.
Azura Trails at Skyline Park – Four single-track loop trails comprising 4.47 miles of natural surface trails through wooded and prairie areas offering the most panoramic views of Shawnee County from the famed Burnett’s Mound.
Orville Rice Nature Trail – 1-mile mowed grass single track trail following Shunga Creek from SW Gage to the Shunga Trail near McDonald Field.
Warren Nature Area – 4 miles of natural surface trails beginning at SW 25th and Gage east of Felker Park. The trail includes a wetland to slow and clean runoff water from streets and neighborhoods. Many birds, mammals and aquatic species can be found here. Welton Grove Park – 3 miles of natural surface trails. Shawnee North Nature Trail – 2-mile natural surface trail on undeveloped parkland comprised of grasslands and wooded areas. The first quarter-mile is asphalt paved for accessibility. Shawnee North Community Park also has a .8 mile paved fitness loop trail encircling the west side of the park.
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Oakland-Billard/Santa Fe Park Trails – 1.6 miles of paved trail. Freedom Valley – .75-mile concrete path. Clarion Woods Trail – 1.54 miles of single-track trail through a red cedar forest. Betty Phillips Park – .44-mile paved trail. Brookfield Park – .3-mile paved trail.
In effort to expand programs offered to the adaptive community Shawnee County Parks + Recreation will help day service providers set up a variety of exciting programs that promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Individuals can join planned group activities. Some of the programs available are racquetball, pickleball, volleyball, wallyball, and open gym. Other program ideas can be discussed by calling 251-6952.
Spend an evening with your friends. Participants will get to socialize with friends while listening to music from Solid Rock Sound Machine. Big Gage Shelter House 251-6800 Age: 14+ Date: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 12, April 9 Time: Thur. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5 per person
Mid-Day Dance party
Come spend some time with your friends in a local park, while listening to music from Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Mobile Rec Unit. Age 18 and older Date: March 24 (Gage Park, Corral #2), April 28 (Crestview Shelter House) Time: Tue. 1-3 p.m. Fee: Free
Bring your friends and come play this fun Italianbased game. Participants will enjoy playing indoors and getting to socialize with friends. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Age: 18 + Date: Ongoing Time: Mon., Wed., Fri. Noon-3 p.m. and Sat. Noon-3 p.m. Fee: $2 per person
Adaptive Open Gym
A good time to hang out with friends and get in some physical activity to stay fit. Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Fee: $2 per person Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Mon. and Wed. Noon-2 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Tues. 10 a.m.-Noon
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Whether you’re a novice or a beginner, this is a chance to enjoy time at the pond fishing with friends. Don’t have a fishing pole, no problem we have you covered. This fun program will be offered at different times and dates to accommodate everyone. Hanger Family Fishing pond. Age: 14 and up Date: March 31 and April 16 10-11:30 a.m. Fee: $3 per person per session
Daddy Daughter Date Night
Enjoy a memorable evening with your child! Dinner, dancing and pictures will highlight the evening. Big Gage Shelter 251-6800 Date: Feb. 8 Time: Sat. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $40/couple; $14/additional child Pre-registration required.
Preschool Track and Field Meet
Preschoolers participate in running, jumping, and throwing events. This event is three to five year-olds that have not attended kindergarten. Select three events: 30-yard dash, 50yard run, hurdles, javelin throw and running broad jump. Preregistration is required. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: May 13 Time: Wed. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $15 per person
We’re taking fun to the parks, events, and even your work. Meet you there! Mobile recreation programs make it even easier to bring fun and play to where people are and not just kids. We deliver healthy activities all over town. The Rec+Roll van is outfitted with balls, hula hoops, games, art and fitness supplies music and a PA system with microphones. Look for the Rec+Roll van in your neighborhood. A calendar of scheduled appearances is available at parks.snco.us. SCP+R can also bring the van to your work for adult recess, staff team building for retreats, or fitness programs. This is a great way to add an exciting fitness component to your next work event. Play is for all ages. Have the Rec+Roll van show up for birthday parties or family events. Fee: $75 an hour with a two hour minimum. Staff and equipment included.
Jan. 24 – Feb. 1 During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller’s son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearably powerful emotion. www.helenhocker.com/2019/07/12/all-my-sons/
DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.
March 6-15 Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fastpaced take on the classic tale. www.helenhocker.com/2019/07/12/disneys-alicein-wonderland-jr/
THE STORY OF MY LIFE
April 24-May 9 Nominated for four 2009 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, The Story of My Life is a Broadway rarity: an intimate musical that candidly explores the simplicity of human need and the complexity of emotions under which it lies buried. Composer-lyricist Neil Bartram and librettist Brian Hill have created an authentic and affecting work, told through a series of songs – in turn playful, touching and dramatic. The Story of My Life inspires us to reconnect with those who were part of the earliest chapters of our own life stories. www.helenhocker.com/2019/07/12/the-story-ofmy-life/
For more information 251.5990 www.HelenHockerTheater.com
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COMMUNITY CENTER ROOM AND GYM RENTALS Room Rentals
Room rentals are available throughout the year at our community centers. Whether you are having a baby shower, birthday party, family reunion or staff training we have a room to accommodate your needs. Rentals include access to game tables in the lobby. When renting at our facility, you are allowed to bring in your own food and drink. Fee: $30 per hour Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Rice Community Center 251-6976 Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676
VOLUNTEER! Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has a variety of opportunities for volunteers including
• ADOPT-A-PARK/TRAIL • INSTRUCTOR • WATERFRONT WARRIORS • COACHING • GARDENING • OLD PRAIRIE TOWN • SCOUT PROJECTS • EVENTS • TULIP TIME • FRIENDS GROUPS/FOUNDATION • YOUTH PROJECTS • ADAPTIVE RECREATION • BUILD YOUR OWN PROJECTS • + MORE!
For more information
contact Kim Atchison 785.251.6849 email@example.com
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Gyms are available for rent throughout the year at our community centers. Sport practices, staff team building, tournaments and special event rentals can all be accommodated in our facilities. Fee: $40 per hour Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Rice Community Center 251-6976 Fee: $50 per hour Central Park Community Center 251-6965
SUMMER CAMPS Registration begins March 3 Looking for a well-supervised and safe environment? We offer a summer filled with a variety of fun. Campers learn new skills such as archery and canoeing while developing friendships. Their days are filled with swimming, crafts, nature exploration, sports, field trips and more. All camps are Kansas Department of Health and Education Child Care licensed for ages 6-12. Qualified and trained counselors supervise small groups Mon.-Fri. 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration begins March 3 for all camps. A nonrefundable/nontransferable registration fee of $20 for each week is due at time of registration. Balance of $90 is due 10 days prior to each week. Please read our refund policy.
MAY 26-AUG. 7 Back to Nature
Big Gage Shelter House
MAY 26-JULY 31 Camp Connections Lake
activities, arts, crafts, exploring nature, sports, swimming and more. Central Park campers will be transported at 9 a.m. to Oakland and return to Central Park at 4:30 p.m. Camp is Kansas Department of Health and Education Child Care licensed for ages 6-12 years old. Qualified and trained counselors supervise small groups Mon.-Fri. 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration begins March 3. A nonrefundable/nontransferable registration fee of $20 for each week is due at time of registration. Balance of $45 is due 10 days prior to each week. Please read our refund policy.
Civitan Day Camp Adaptive Rec Building in Gage Park This camp is designed for young people with developmental or other disabilities requiring adapted instruction and increased supervision. Our structured routine and staff ratio provides a successful environment for campers with behavioral and cognitive disabilities. Campers should be prepared to spend a large part of the day outdoors and travel through the park as a group. This program is a Kansas Department of Health and Education Child Care licensed camp. Registration begins March 3. A nonrefundable/nontransferable registration fee of $20 for each week is due at time of registration. Balance of $90 is due 10 days prior to each week. Please read our refund policy. Age: 8-17 yrs. or up to 21 if enrolled in high school next fall Date: June 1-July 31, No Camp June 29-July 3 Time: Mon.-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For counselor, manager and assistant manager job opportunities working with camps contact Clay Neal at 251-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Shawnee Recreation Building
Specialty Camps Taught by YOU
Camp Connections North
Do you have a camp idea but no facility? Central Park Community Center is available for full-day or morning only camps. Our classrooms and gym are available. Contact Darlene Streeter at 251-6800 or darlene.streeterl@snco. us to receive a facility price quote. This is a great opportunity for teachers and coaches. So bring on the science, music, sports, art, and specialty camps! Share your talents with youth in the community while earning a paycheck. The possibilities are endless. Be prepared to present your curriculum and registration plan. References are required.
Shawnee North Community Center
Passport to Adventure Crestview Shelter House
MAY 26-JULY 17 Fun Zone Day Camp Oakland Community Center & transportation from Central Park Community Center Campers will spend a busy day at Oakland Center involved in physical
RENTALS Gage Park
For baby showers, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has a variety of facilities available to rent for all of your family events. For a listing of amenities, availability or to make a reservation, call 785-251-6800 or visit us online at parks.snco.us. Season
Weekends and Co. Holidays
Big Gage 250 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. During Summer Camp 6 - 10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Westlake 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Snyderâ€™s Cabin 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Carousel Room 42 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Childrenâ€™s Party House 30 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Steak Grill 40 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Corral #2 40 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Reinisch Rose Garden 150 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) Fri.-Sun) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Shelter #1 120 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #2 50 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #3 80 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) each session Shelter #4 120 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #5 120 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. Shelter #6 80 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) each session Garden House 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Garden Pagoda 45 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Garden Pergola 90 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Reynolds Lodge 200 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Gazebo #1 75 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Lake Shawnee Event Center 200 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 8 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Yacht Club 40 April 1-Oct. 31 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Crestview Shelter 128 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Lakewood Shelter 70 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Garfield Shelter 160 Year-round 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
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*No Reservations on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1* *All-day reservations on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day (10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.) *Earlier start times are available for your rental at an additional fee. *Prices in printed materials subject to change after publication. Visit parks.snco.us for most current information.
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At Ward-Meade Historic Site
Hours Grounds: 8 a.m.-dusk Office: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tours Group tours for 15 or more by reservation only, call 785-251-6993
Mulvane General Store: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m., Noon, & 2 p.m. Sat.: Noon & 2 p.m. Sun.: 2 p.m.
Potwin Drug Store: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Closed on Mondays, Nov. 1-Feb. 28 Tour Fees Adults: $5 Seniors (55+): $4 Children 6-12: $3 5 and under: Free
Are you looking for a unique experience for your class or youth group? Then come and spend an hour in our authentic one-room schoolhouse learning about our Kansas country school legacy, ciphering on slates, participating in a spelling bee and playing old-time games.
WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS
Make your wedding a historic event! Rental includes decorating and clean-up, a one-hour rehearsal time the night before your wedding and wedding packages include bride’s dressing facilities. The Preston Hale room serves as a back-up for inclement weather. Additional hours may be purchased for $50 each. Call 785-251-6993 for more information. Rental amount total due at time of booking.
OLD PRAIRIE TOWN/WARD-MEADE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Featuring an 1854 replica Log Cabin with Blacksmith Shop, 1870’s Victorian prairie mansion on the National Register of Historic Places, and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. The Ward-Meade Botanical Garden was established in 1963. There are approximately 500 varieties of trees and shrubs in the 2.5-acre garden in addition to the annual flowers planted each year. The garden includes many plants requiring shade as well as many unusual specimen plants. The area has three water gardens including Anna’s Asian Reading Garden, which consists of three pools, a stream, bridge, gazebo and waterfall. Weddings may be held in the garden. Call 785-251-6993. Town Square 1891 Victor Schoolhouse, Lingo Livery Stable with Landau Carriage and Baughman Ice Cream Wagon; Lingo Tack Shop; Pauline Depot and Caboose, turnof-the-century barber shop. THE GUIDE 2020 WINTER/SPRING
Mulvane General Store An old-fashioned mercantile that serves as our museum gift shop and visitors center. Kansas items, toys from yesteryear, souvenirs, and unique gifts are available. Call 785-251-6995. Potwin Drug Store Sit at the marble counter and order a soda fountain treat, and shop for vintageera candy. The drug store building also includes the Durst Physician’s Office and Fyler Dentist Office. Call 785-251-6997. 1880 Everest Church The church may be rented for church services and weddings. Call 785-251-6993.
Package I - Anna’s Place and Reception $355 Anna’s Place consists of several water features and surrounded by many varieties of beautiful plants. A pond less water feature is located by the entrance to the gardens as well as 1,500 feet of stamped sidewalk that meanders through the gardens, ensuring accessibility for all. Many weddings are held in the gardens each year. A luscious, scenic spot for weddings, this three-hour rental package includes bride’s dressing facilities, use of the Preston Hale Room and a full kitchen. Decorating and cleanup are included in the rental time. No seating provided for wedding ceremonies. Package II - Courtyard (wedding only) $355 Our spacious courtyard with gorgeous greenery and flowers is a beautiful location for outdoor weddings. The three-hour rental period includes bride’s dressing facilities and a one-hour rehearsal the night before. Decorating and cleanup are included in the rental time and the Preston Hale Room is used as backup in case of inclement weather. Package III - Courtyard and Reception $580 With beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces, this venue is both convenient and stunning for both the wedding and reception. Available for weddings, this five-hour rental package includes bride’s dressing facilities, a one-hour rehearsal the night before, use of the Preston Hale Room and a full-kitchen. Decorating and cleanup are included in the rental time.
Package IV Everest Church Wedding Only $495 With beautiful wood seating and stained-glass windows, the Everest Church is a perfect spot for an indoor wedding. Available for weddings, the three-hour rental period includes comfortable bride’s dressing facilities and a one-hour rehearsal the night before. Decorating and cleanup are included in the rental time. Package V Everest Church and Reception $770 This five-hour rental package includes comfortable bride’s dressing facilities, a one-hour rehearsal the night before, use of the Preston Hale Room and a fullkitchen. Decorating and cleanup are included in the rental time. Package VI – 1-hour Courtyard Wedding $100 One-hour Courtyard Wedding, no bride’s dressing facilities provided. Maximum seating 100. Package VII - Everest Church Wedding $125 One-hour Everest Church Wedding, no bride’s dressing facilities provided. Maximum seating 65. Package VIII – Everest Church Wedding and Potwin Drug Store Reception $250 Everest Church Wedding and Potwin Drug Store Reception with no bride’s dressing facilities provided. Maximum seating is 24 in the Potwin Drug Store. Maximum seating is 65 in the Everest Church. Lingo Livery Stable A rock barn was brought to the property and reassembled stone by stone with beautiful masonry work. Now, the charming loft area is a comfortable location for meetings, receptions or dinners. Capacity is 35. Potwin Drug Store The drug store/soda fountain includes original soda fixtures from a drugstore that stood for 75 years at 5th and Washburn in the historic Potwin area of Topeka. Today, ornate walnut cabinets with dozens of tiny drawers and glass fronts line both sides of the walls. A pharmacist’s counter in the back displays antique mortars and pestles and old-fashioned bottles and jars. A turn-of-the-century Wurlitzer jukebox, original to the drugstore, occupies one corner. The authenticity of the old time drugstore creates a unique and fun atmosphere.
MEALS FOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
The following meal programs include two hours room rental. Ward Cabin Hearth Meals This unique meal is one of the more popular activities at Old Prairie Town, so make your reservations early! Meals are served at fireside tables in the Ward cabin, and diners are treated to special hearth-cooking demonstrations with a side dish of history, all provided by costumed volunteers. These family style meals are offered from Oct. 15 through March 15 with reservations for groups of 12-18. Menu 1 $20 per person Hearth-cooked ham or smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, fruit, Dutch oven baked biscuits, hearth-baked molasses cookies, old-fashioned ice cream and coffee. New additional meal choices are now available. Menu 2 $15 per person Beef Stew or Chicken and Noodles, hearth baked cornbread, fruit, molasses cookies, oldfashion ice cream, tea and water. Victorian Dinner $27 per person Enjoy this delightful Victorian meal served buffet-style in the elegant dining room of the 1870’s mansion. Gleaming silver, fine china, crisp linens, and a gracious atmosphere make this an occasion to remember. Choice of entree includes baked ham or brandicot chicken served with salad, vegetable, potatoes, freshly baked bread and old-fashioned ice cream.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT OLD PRAIRIE TOWN
Celebrate your child’s birthday in an oldfashioned way they will never forget. Choose from a variety of party packages that can be catered to your child’s interest. Parties include a volunteer in period custom to lead the party as well as set-up and clean-up. Parties are two hours in length and can be reserved any day of the week throughout the year except holidays.
Old Fashioned Birthday Party Price: $10 per participant Ages 6-12 Hosted in our one-room country schoolhouse, this party comes with old-fashioned turnof-the century fun. Included is a “session” with the schoolmarm playing games from the past. Guests will share an old-fashioned cake with ice cream and lemonade. We furnish handcrafted favors, a prize and a tour. Minimum 10; maximum 15. Two hours. Children’s Victorian Tea Party Price: $10 per participant Ages 6-12 Your child and guests can dress up in costumes from a “surprise trunk” and will be treated to an elegant birthday tea. We provide finger food and cookies just like the in the Victorian era when tea was considered a social event. Minimum 10; maximum 15. Two hours.
Preston Hale Room An elegant and spacious room on the north side of the mansion, the Preston Hale Room is a great space for receptions, meetings, and parties. Seating and tables can be arranged to best fit your event. Full kitchen facilities are available. The room comfortably seats 72.
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Other Recreational Opportunities • Summer Day Camps • Disc Golf • Tennis Courts • Soccer Fields • Heated Fishing Dock • Sand Volleyball Courts • Windsurf Beach • Topeka Metro Bike Stations
Attractions • Mini-Train & Depot (Open midMarch through October – weather permitting) • Carousel in the Park (Open midMarch through October) • Reinisch Rose Garden & Doran Rock Garden • Hazel Von Rohr Victorian Gardens • Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center • All War Memorial • Hill’s Bark Park • Kansas Children’s Discovery Center • Animaland children’s play area • Topeka Metro Bike Stations • Helen Hocker Theater • Topeka Zoo
Other Recreational Opportunities • Summer Day Camps • Accessible Ball Field • Softball Diamond • Soccer Fields • Topeka Metro Bike Station • Sand Volleyball Courts • Horseshoe Courts • Amphitheater • Shelter Houses Rose Garden Weddings Imagine the romantic beauty of your wedding in the Reinisch Rose Garden. Peak blooming times for the 5,500 roses are late May into early June, and again in early to mid-September. The Carousel Party Room north of the garden accommodates final wedding and dressing preparations. The adjoining air-conditioned room has a full kitchen, serving island, tables and chairs to seat 42 for a small reception or a gathering place before the wedding. For more information on Gage Park facility rentals please call 785-251-6800 or visit parks.snco.us.
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Attractions • 410-acre recreational lake • 7-mile Lake Shawnee Trail • Marina • Boat Ramps • Campground • Ted Ensley Gardens • Lake Shawnee Jr. Pond • Lake Shawnee Golf Course • Shelter Houses • Bettis Family Sports Complex • Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex
Ted Ensley Gardens The Ted Ensley Gardens are located on the west side of scenic Lake Shawnee, offering a great panoramic view. They provide a beautiful, 9.5-acre setting with a wealth of design ideas and spectacular plantings. The Garden’s entrance is at the Trailhead facility located north of West Edge Road and 37th Street. The entrance begins with a beautiful 60-foot covered bridge and continues through to meditation and rock gardens, annual and perennial beds, rose and water gardens, a gazebo, pergola, pagoda, waterfalls, and several ponds. An arboretum with 120 species of trees is just across the street. An adjoining natural area is under development.
Campground Policies • 121 campsites with electricity on year-round; 30-amp and 50-amp service available. • Sites 55-56 are handicap accessible • 2 bath houses on-site include showers, bathrooms, and a laundry area. • A playground and beach area are available to campground patrons only. No lifeguard is on duty. • A dump station and a water station is available for use. Fee is $8 for non-campers. • Dogs on a leash are welcome. Registration Fees • April 15-Oct. 15 RV, Campers, Tents - $20 per night • Oct. 16-April 14 RV, Campers, Tents - $17 per night • 62+ years of age and older receive a $2 discount off the daily rate. • Fees are non-refundable. • Sites 35, 117-119 and 132-141 are designated tent sites. A $6 fee is assessed to those parties wishing to set up a tent behind a camping unit or a second tent in specified sites. Individual Reservations • Beginning April 15, reservations will be accepted for arrival dates of May 15 through Sept. 15 each year. • Sept. 16-May 14, sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Payment for site is made with registration envelopes on site. • Reservations must be for a minimum of two (2) nights. • Refunds will not be issued for unused sites.
PUBLIC FISHING AREAS • • • • • • •
Lake Shawnee Lake Shawnee, Jr. Westlake, Gage Park Central Park Pond, 1534 SW Clay Clarion Woods Pond, SW 37th & Fairlawn Freedom Valley Pond, SE 14th & Locust Ward-Martin Creek in Auburndale Park, 2400 NW Perry • Horseshoe Bend Pond, SE 43rd & Horseshoe Bend St. All areas are available 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, unless otherwise posted, and are stocked regularly by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism regulations apply. Lake Shawnee and WardMartin Creek in Auburndale Park are stocked in the spring and fall with trout. Barrier-free fishing docks are available at Westlake, Central Park Pond, Clarion Woods Pond and Lake Shawnee, which also features a heated fishing dock. For more information contact KDWTP at 785-273-6740 or www.kdwpt.state.ks.us.
The Kansas Children’s
DISCOVERY CENTER 4400 SW 10th Ave in Gage Park 785-783-8300 www.kansasdiscovery.org
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is a hands-on children’s museum where children can explore, create, discover and learn through play. Children with their caregivers can play in 15,000 square feet of indoor education exhibits, including science, careers, building and art, plus a special place for babies and toddlers, and a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom to inspire a lifelong love of learning for every child. LEAP, LAUNCH, LEARN! A whole day of launching fun in honor of Leap Day. Date: Sat. Feb. 29 Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: Regular admission SLIME-TASTIC SPRING BREAK Join us for an ooey, gooey spring break with all your favorite slime science. Date: March 6-14 Fee: Regular admission ENGINEERING EXPO Ask, plan, create and improve! Learn about engineering with a variety of competitions. Date: Sat. Mar. 28 Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: Regular admission RICHARD MAXFIELD MEMORIAL FREE FAMILY CONCERT A free evening of outdoor music and fun in honor of the Week of the Young Child. Date: Sun. Apr. 19 Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Fee: Free PUZZLE PIECES Free admission and special resources for families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. Date: Second Sunday of each month Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: Free to families with a child who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder
TODDLER TUESDAYS Movement and dance to help young children develop their muscles. Presented by the Kansas Ballet Academy. Date: Every Tuesday Time: 10:30 a.m. Fee: Regular admission WEE WEDNESDAYS Interactive, sensory play to encourage exploring, creating and investigating. Date: Every Wednesday Time: 10:30 a.m. Fee: Regular admission SCHOOL YEAR HOURS (LABOR DAY TO MEMORIAL DAY) Mon. Closed Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUMMER HOURS (MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY) Mon. Closed Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. SPECIAL HOURS
Closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day Open Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day
Kids & Adults: $9 Seniors (65+): $8 Infants (under 12 months): Free KCDC Members: Free Annual Membership: $109-$139 10 percent Military discount with ID Information subject to change. Visit www. kansasdiscovery.org for current information.
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TOPEKA ZOO and Conservation Center Topeka Zoo 785-368-9180 635 SW Gage Blvd Topeka, KS 66606 Brendan Wiley, Director www.topekazoo.org
Zoo Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Grounds open until 5 p.m. The Topeka Zoo is open year-round except on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.
Admission Fees: Children 2 Adults: $7.75 Seniors 75+: $6.75 Ages 3-12: $6.25 Children 2 and under: Free
FOTZ Members – Free with membership card and photo ID.
DISCOVERY HOME SCHOOL
For home schoolers and other interested school age children with an adult. Up close and personal encounter with science concepts, vocabulary, and interactions with zoo animals. We meet the third Wednesday of each month in the zoo’s education classroom, at 1 p.m. Dates: Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 25, April 15 Time: 1-3 p.m. Fee: $5 plus zoo admission
STORYTIME AT BARNE’S & NOBLE
Bring your child to join the Topeka Zoo at Barnes & Noble on the second Wednesday of each month. Zoo staff will read an animal related story and provide a fun animal-themed craft your child can make and take home each month. Dates: Jan. 8, Feb. 19, March 25, April 15 Time: 10-10:30 a.m.
EDZOOCATION EDVENTURES SPRING BREAK CAMP
A great event for your kids while out of school for Spring Break. Registration opens Jan. 6. Register online at www.topekazoo.com, or call 785-368-9137. Date: March 9-13 Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, with a stay late option until 5 p.m. for a small extra fee. Age: 6-12. Can be 5 if currently in kindergarten. Fees: $155.00 per camper for the week for FOTZ members. $180.00 per camper for the week for non-members.
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PRE-SCHOOL ZOOTIME: (AGES 2-5)
Visit the zoo on the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. for a story, educational activity and a live animal encounter. Registration is not required, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 785-368-9137. Date: March 6, April 3 Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Age: 2-5 yrs. Fee: $2 per child plus zoo admission
ZOO 2 YOU AT THE TOPEKA & SHAWNEE COUNTY LIBRARY
Join us as the zoo takes live animals to the library at 4-4:45 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Each month has a different wildlife theme with an allnew animal collection. Admission is free. Dates: Jan. 2, Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 Time: 4-4:45 p.m. Fee: Free admission
SHAWNEE COUNTY PARKS + RECREATION FACILITIES Administration Office 3137 SE 29th St., Topeka KS 66605 785.251.6800 Administrative Annex 1800 SE 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66607 785.251.6800 Sports 801 NE Poplar Topeka, KS 66616 785.251.6970 Central Park Community Center 1534 SW Clay, Topeka, KS 66604 785.251.6965 Crestview Community Center 4801 SW Shunga Dr, Topeka, KS 66614 785.251.6960
CONSERVATION STORYTELLING WRITING CONTEST
Join the Topeka Zoo for their second annual community-wide conservation writing contest! Authors have until April 5, to submit a small, fictional story about a real-life conservation issue such as habitat loss, poaching, climate change, invasive species, and more. Top winners will get a prize; however, anyone who submits a story will gain free entry into the zoo for our Earth Day celebration on April 18. Visit http://topekazoo.org/explore/clubs/ or call 785-368-9137.
OTHER ZOO EVENTS BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT THE ZOO:
Take the stress out of party preparation for your childâ€™s birthday as zoo staff take care of all the details while providing a birthday party your child will never forget. Call 785-368-9180 for more information on the great party packages available to select from.
EARTH DAY AT THE TOPEKA ZOO:
Join us for a zoo full of hands-on and exciting events, speakers, and activities for Earth Day at the zoo on April 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cypress Ridge Golf Course 2533 SW Urish Rd, Topeka, KS 66614 785.251.6670 Forbes Golf Course 700 SW Capehart Rd, Topeka, KS 66619 785.862.0114 Garfield Community Center 1600 NE Quincy St., Topeka, KS 66608 785.251.6950 Hillcrest Community Center 1800 SE 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66607 785.291.6956 Lake Shawnee Golf Course 4141 SE East Edge Rd, Topeka, KS 66609 785.251.6640 Lake Shawnee Recreation 3137 SE 29th St., Topeka KS 66605 785.251.6800 Oakland Community Center 801 NE Poplar Topeka, KS 66616 785.251.6953 Old Prairie Town 124 N. Filmore Topeka, KS 66606 785.251.6989 Parks Division 1800 SE 21st Street, Topeka, KS 66607 785.251.6800 Rice Community Center 432 SE Norwood, Topeka, KS 66607 785.251.6976 Shawnee North Community Center 300 NE 43rd St., Topeka, KS 66617 785.286.0676 West Lawn Memorial Gardens 820 SW Auburn Rd, Topeka, KS 66615 785.251.6800
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Bill Riphahn Kevin Cook Aaron Mays
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
785.251.2600 âˆ’ PARKS.SNCO.US
Tim Laurent Director of Parks + Recreation Randy Luebbe Park Services Director Jeremy Myers Park Operations Director John Boyd Planning & Development Director Susan Fowler-Hentzler Recreation Superintendent Shawn Osborne Outdoor Adventures Superintendent Olivia Mayer Professional Development Superintendent Linda Kelly Administrative Supervisor Kerry Golden Director of Golf Mike Cope Park Police Chief
Lindsey Spooner Teresa Miller Joe Ledbetter James Martin Eric Cortez Laura Burton Ty Hysten Kathleen Cummings Terri Roberts Nick McKenzie Derik Flerlage Vacant Dick Ketterman Ping Enriquez T.J. Brown
City Council District 1 City Council District 2 City Council District 3 City Council District 4 City Council District 5 City Council District 6 City Council District 7 City Council District 8 City Council District 9 County Commission District 1 County Commission District 1 County Commission District 2 County Commission District 2 County Commission District 3 County Commission District 3
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)
General Policy on Program Access and Communications Shawnee County Parks + Recreation provides positive recreational experiences that contribute to the physical, mental, social and emotional development of people of all ages and abilities. To facilitate opportunities for people with and without disabilities to engage in leisure pursuits together, Parks + Recreation provides inclusion services. If you have a disability and would like to request a special accommodation for a program, please contact a staff member. To ensure the requested accommodation, please notify the staff at the facility where the requested program is located at least two weeks in advance of the start of the program. For more information on inclusion opportunities, parks and recreation services and accommodations, please call 785-251-2600. Parks + Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to or treatment or employment of its services, programs or activities. Upon written request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all parks and recreation services, programs and activities. Upon request, this information can be made available in Braille, large print, audio tape and/or computer disk. If you or your child requires a special accommodation in order to participate in the program, requests must be made in advance (two weeks is ideal) by filling out a Special Needs Statement and Request Form in order for the service or program to be assessed.
THE GUIDE 2020 WINTER/SPRING
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3137 SE 29th St. • Topeka, KS 66605
SUMMER CAMPS Registration begins March 3
Camp Connections Lake Lake Shawnee Recreation Building Passport to Adventure Crestview Shelter House Camp Connections North Shawnee North Community Center May 26-July 31 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT …
Back to Nature Big Gage Shelter House May 26-Aug. 7 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Civitan Day Camp Gage Park June 1-July 31 9 a.m.-4 p.m. *No Camp June 29-July 31 Pre Care begins 8:30 a.m. Post Care until 5 p.m.
Fun Zone Central Park & Oakland Community Centers May 26-July 17 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Looking for a well-supervised and safe environment for your children this summer? We offer a variety of licensed, fun-filled, interactive and educational summer camps where campers will learn new skills, develop friendships and have an exciting summer. The days are busy with arts, crafts, exploring nature, field trips, special events, swimming, and more.
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation The Guide Winter/Spring 2020