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FEATURES SCP+R Trails . . . . . 01 Events . . . . . . . . . . 04
Sunf lower State Games . . . . . . 07
Kossover Tennis . . . . 16
Helen Hocker Theater . . . . . . . . . . 08
Fitness & Wellness
Aquatics . . . . . . . . . 18 Topeka Zoo . . . . . . . 20
Foundation . . . . . . . 10
Facility Rentals . . . . 21
Adopt-aPark/Trail. . . . . . . . 11
Old Prairie Town . . . 22
Volunteer. . . . . . . . . 17
Trails . . . . . . . . . . . 09
Preschools . . . . . . . . 14 Fitness Pass . . . . . . . 15
Shawnee Yacht Club . . . . . . . 12
Golf Courses . . . . . 13
Bocce Ball . . . . . . . . 12
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 icon. • Forms may also be mailed, walked in or phoned in to any Shawnee County Parks + Recreation facility.
Programs may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. 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 percent 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 which shall be utilized within 12 months.
Regional Parks. . . . . 24 Directory. . . . . . . . . 25
Shelter Rentals and Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade 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.
All campground fees are nonrefundable including unused reservations.
A Refund Request Form must be completed by participant. Forms are available at parks. snco.us, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation community centers, administrative offices or by calling 251-6800 and form can be mailed or emailed to participant.
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New trails programs highlight summer recreation offerings How much do you know about Shawnee County Parks + Recreationâ€™s trails? Chances are you are familiar with the 8-mile Shunga Trail that runs from Fairlawn near the Crestview Shelter House to NE 2nd or the 7.2-mile Lake Shawnee Trail. Continued on page 2
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Walking, running and bicycling are the most common activities along SCP+R’s more than 50 miles of trails, but have you thought about the history of trails that today cut through wooded areas that were once pastures or about identifying prairie plants and trees along a trail?
This summer, Terri Branden of SCP+R’s forestry division will lead three new trails programs in three different parks: a prairie plant walk in Skyline Park, a tree and history walk through the Dornwood Nature Trails, and bird watching in the Warren Nature Area adjacent to the Shunga Trail. Branden has a background in interpretive programs. The historic Skyline Park is the site of renewed interest since Azura Credit Union made a major gift to enhance trails and the park, including eventually adding interpretive signage. Over the past 20 years, a great deal of work has been done to restore the park’s prairie areas. Members of Westar’s Green Team have helped with the restoration. “The hill was horribly over-grazed as a pasture before it became a park,” explains Tom Hammer who heads SCP+R’s forestry division. “Now, the park gives you a unique environment where you can travel in and out of prairie and woodland areas. It gives wildlife extra areas to find cover which is beneficial to a lot of animals.” Foxes, coyotes and deer have been seen in the park, but Hammer says the animals quickly shy away from humans. Nearby land outside the park provides water to help sustain wildlife.
Each spring, the forestry staff hopes to do a controlled burn in Skyline Park to rid the prairie area of woody plants and open up space for the sun to promote the growth of warm season plants including grasses and prairie flowers such as butterfly milkweed which is obvious by its bright orange color, indigo, blooming lead plant and purple prairie clover. June is a good viewing month but some plants bloom through July. New trail markers have been added to the park thanks to Azura Credit Union and the Kansas Trails Council added a fourth trail loop to the park last year. Planning is underway to add a parking lot near the park entrance. “Open gate” days may also be scheduled to provide access for those who can only get to the top of the park by driving. Another trail Hammer recommends because, like the Azura Trails at Skyline Park, it is easy to navigate is the Warren Nature Area off of the Shunga Trail. The 4-mile natural surface trail runs through the wooded area just south of the paved trail starting in Felker Park at 25th and Gage. The nature area will be the site of a bird watching program led by Branden. Another relatively undiscovered but interesting set of trails is at Dornwood Park. The remnants of what used to be a dairy farm are still visible near wooded areas that were once pastures. Six miles of trails traverse through the area. Popular with mountain bikers, the trails are drawing more hikers. Branden will lead a summer program identifying trees and some of the history of the trail area accessible from the east edge of the park
The Kansas Trails Council is an important partner in creating and maintaining Shawnee County Parks + Recreation trails. KTC volunteers have put in hundreds of hours creating and maintaining trails including the newest loop trail for the Azura Trails at Skyline Park. If you would like to support or volunteer for KTC, visit www.kansastrailscouncil.org/join/ktc-membership-sign-up/.
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summer trail programs Bird Watching Discover some of the prevalent bird species of eastern Kansas with this guided walk through Warren Nature Area near Felker Park. No experience required. Bring your own binoculars, water and insect repellent. No restroom facilities available. Age: 5+ Date: Thurs. May 25 (Rain date June 1) Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $9 per person Prairie Plant Walk Come enjoy Burnett’s Mound at Skyline Park with a guided trail walk featuring wildflowers, native plants and a spectacular view. Bring your own water and insect repellent. No restroom facilities available. Age: 5+ Date: June 10 (Rain date June 17) Time: Sat. 10-11 a.m. Fee: $5 per person
“There’s a pretty extensive trail system, some of which has been there for 40 years,” says Hammer. “There are various foundations from farm buildings as well as quarries from which they dug rock to build the house and other buildings. There are also a couple of old wells with above ground rock structures.” During this summer’s program, visitors will learn how the land might have looked 80 to 100 years ago as a dairy farm vs. the oak/history forest that covers the ground today. Hammer says the land has been going through a forest succession for more than 50 years to get to this point. “It’s interesting to talk about how long it took this land to become a mature forest and the work it will take now to keep it this way vs. when this was a series of grazing pastures or feeding lands for cattle,” Hammer says. So next time you’re looking for a trail or just looking for something to do, Hammer advises, “Get off the beaten path. Just go out and find a new trail.” The SCP+R Trail Guide contains a list and a map of trails. It is available at SCP+R administration offices and community centers or online at http://parks.snco.us/index.aspx?nid=92.
Tree and History Walk Come enjoy a guided tree ID trail walk through the historic Dornwood Nature Area. Learn about the area’s history and trees. Bring your own water and insect repellent. Age: 5+ Date: July 15 (Rain date July 22) Time: Sat 10-11 a.m. Fee: $5 per person Call 251-6800 to register for a trail program.
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Events Summer ‘17
May 11-Aug. 16
Gage Park Summer Concert Series
Spirit of Kansas
June 5-July 10
Sunflower State Games
Huff n’ Puff Balloon Rally
Concerts in the Park Series – North Topeka Community Band
(See schedule on Page 5) Gage Park Amphitheatre
(See schedule on Page 5) Garfield Park
June 17 Topeka Tinman Triathlon Lake Shawnee
July Parks and Recreation Month (Watch parks.snco.us for special events)
Sunflower State Games Fishing Derby
Great Topeka Duck Race
Big Screen Under the Stars
2017 Kansas Senior Games
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Lake Shawnee Jr.
Bettis Sports Complex
Aug. 26 India Fest Gage Park
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Gage Park Summer Concert Series
Concerts at Gage Park Amphitheatre
Concerts are 7-9 p.m., Free Admission
Wednesday May 17 - Summertime Blues Concerts - Sponsored by Topeka Blues Society
Sunday June 4 - Marshall’s Band Sunday June 11 - Topeka Jazz Workshop Sunday June 18 - Marshall’s Band Wednesday June 21 - Summertime Blues Concerts - Sponsored by Topeka Blues Society
Sunday June 25 – Santa Fe Band Sunday July 9 - Marshall’s Band Sunday July 16 - Topeka Jazz Workshop
Apple Festival goes to two-day event in 2017
Sunday July 2 – Santa Fe Band
Wheatstock becomes part of Apple Festival
Wednesday July 19 - Summertime Blues
Due to its popularity, Apple Festival will become a two-day event in 2017: Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The Wheatstock music concert will become part of Apple Festival to make this one of the best fall festivals in northeast Kansas.
Concerts - Sponsored by Topeka Blues Society
Sunday July 23 – Kaw Valley Cornet Band Sunday July 30 – Topeka Jazz Workshop Sunday Aug. 6 – Santa Fe Band Wednesday Aug. 16 - Summertime Blues Concerts - Sponsored by Topeka Blues Society
Concerts in the Park Series – Garfield Park Sponsored by North Topeka On the Move Association
Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Monday evenings, Free Admission
June 5 – North Topeka Community Band
“More than 6,000 visitors attend this event each year,” says John Bell of Old Prairie Town/WardMeade Historic Site “With the additional day being added to the event, we are anxiously looking forward to an even bigger event in 2017.”
June 19 – 35th Infantry Division Army Band July 10 – North Topeka Community Band
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iCan Bike Join us for this unique, fun, life-changing recreational program where each person is empowered to maximize their individuals abilities. Riders will attend 5-75 minute sessions for five-consecutive days. Volunteer your time and help Easterseals Capper Foundation, change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in peopleâ€™s lives every day.
June 5 â€“ 9, 2017
Central Park Community Center 1534 SW Clay Street Topeka, KS 66604
For more information or reserve your spot contact the Easterseals Capper Foundation 785.272.4060 firstname.lastname@example.org easterseals.com/capper
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Youth Martial Arts
Tae Kwon Do Beginners & Advanced
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 7+ Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per month
K arate - Okinawan Shorin-Ryu
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 6+ Date: June 13-July 18, (No class July 4) July 25-Aug. 24 Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per session
Advanced K arate Okinawan Shorin-Ryu
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 6+ Date: June 13-July 18 (No class July 4), July 25-Aug. 24 Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: $42 per person per session
Youth Open Gym
Work on your shot during the summer! Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18 and under Date: May 30-Aug. 11 (No open gym July 4) Time: Mon. 1-5 p.m., Tue.-Thur. 3-5 p.m., Fri., 1-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon Fee: Free
Adult Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do Beginners & Advanced
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 7+ Date: On going Time: Thur. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per month
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: May 1-22, June 5-26, July 10-31, Aug. 7-28 Time: Mon. 9-11 a.m. Fee: $40 per person per session
Karate - Okinawan Shorin-Ryu
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 6+ Date: June 13-July 18 (No class July 4), July 25-Aug. 24 Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per session
Master beekeepers, Steve & Becky Tipton explore hive construction, installing the bees, and hive management up until harvest time. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 12 + Date: May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 Time: Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. Fee: Free
Advanced Karate Okinawan Shorin-Ryu
Oil and Acrylic Painting
Learn the basics of oil or acrylic using the Old Masters technique. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: May 24-June 14, June 21-July 12 Time: Wed. 9:15-11:15 a.m. Date: May 24-June 14, June 21-July 12 Time: Wed. 1-3 p.m. Date: May 25-June 15, June 22-July 13 Time: Thur. 1-3 p.m. Fee: $40 per person per session
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: 7+ Date: Ongoing Time: Mon., Wed. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $50 per person per session
Sunflower State Games 2017 Greatness in all of us! • • •
Kansas’ largest amateur sports festival July 14-30 Over 45 sports for all ages and skill levels
Kansas Senior Games 2017 The Flames Still Burns…
Building on basic tumbling skills. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 5-7 yrs. Date: June 17-July 15, July 29-Aug. 26 Time: Sat. 9-9:30 a.m. Fee: $30 per person
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 6+ Date: June 13-July 18 (No class July 4), July 25-Aug. 24 Time: Tue., Thur. 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: $42 per person per session
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Olympic style sports festival for ages 50+ September 15-24 20 different sports
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Adaptive Recreation Fishing RODEO
Enjoy flying or watching indoor remote control planes. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: All Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 10:30 a.m.-Noon Fee: Free
Prairie Plant Walk
Come enjoy Burnett’s Mound at Skyline Park with a guided trail walk featuring wildflowers, native plants and a spectacular view. Bring your own water and insect repellent. No restroom facilities available. Age: 5+ Date: June 10 (Rain date June 17) Time: Sat. 10-11 a.m. Fee: $5 per person
Tree and History Walk
Discover some of the prevalent bird species of eastern Kansas with this guided walk through Warren Nature Area adjacent to Felker Park. No experience required. Bring your own binoculars, water and insect repellent. No restroom facilities available. Age: 5+ Date: Thur. May 25 (rain date June 1) Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $9 per person
Come enjoy a guided tree identification trail walk through the historic Dornwood Park Nature Area. Learn about the history and trees. Bring your own water and insect repellent. Age: 5+ Date: July 15 (rain date July 22) Time: Sat 10-11 a.m. Fee: $5 per person
Becky’s New Car
April 28-May 13 A funny and unconventional comedy about fleeing from your life.
For more information
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June 23-July 2 A modern classic by Louis Sachar.
If you like fishing, then this will be the day to do it! Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will bring poles and bait. There will be volunteers there to help you fish! Registration is limited to 40 participants. Westlake Lake at Gage Park 251-6959 Age: 14+ Date: Aug. 26 Time: Saturday 9 a.m.-Noon Fee: $10
Spend an evening with your friends. Listen to music from Solid Rock Sound Machine. Big Gage Shelter House 251-6953 Age: 16+ Date: May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 Time: Thur. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5 per person
Cinderella and the Tale of the Glass Slipper July 21-Aug. 6 Although Cinderella and the Prince may bear little resemblance to the Disney version – it would make Walt himself proud. A brand new musical based on everybody’s favorite fairy tale.
Topeka Shawnee County Public Library Classes
Appliqué with Felt
Learn the basics of appliqué with felt. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: May 3 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: Free Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: July 27 Time: Thurs. 9-10:30 a.m.
This class is for all levels of experience. Learn to use print and online resources. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Age: 18+ Date: May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 Time: Mon. 5-6 p.m. Fee: Free Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18 + Date: May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 Time: Thur. 10-11:30 a.m. Fee: Free
Monthly book chat at Crestview. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: May 10, June 14, July 12 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
Storytellers visit Crestview, read books, sing songs and teach learning activities. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: May 11 Time: Thur. 10:30-11 a.m. Fee: Free
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s more than 50 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 more than 27 miles of paved trails and more than 23 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-mile paved concrete pedestrian/bicycle trail beginning at Crestview Park (near SW 27th and Fairlawn) and continuing east to SE 2nd. The trail will eventually stretch across Topeka. Lake Shawnee Trail – 7.2-mile paved concrete pedestrian/bicycle trail encircling the lake. Dornwood Nature Trail – 6-miles of natural surface, woodland hiking trail accessible from SE 25th and Highland. Landon Trail – 4.75-mile paved and gravel trail along an abandoned railroad track running from SE 15th to SE 45th. Azura Trails at Skyline Park – Four single-track loop trails comprising 4.7 miles of natural surface trails through wooded and prairie areas. 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. Deer Creek Trail – 2-mile trail from SE Golden to SE 6th and SE 6th to SE 10th. 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. Soldier Creek Trail – 1.8-mile paved concrete bicycle/pedestrian trail from NE Garfield Park to NW Lyman Road. Orville Rice Nature Trail – 1-mile mowed grass single track trail following Shunga Creek from SW Gage to Shunga Glen Park. Oakland-Billard/Santa Fe Park Trails – 1.6 miles of paved trail. Freedom Valley – .75-mile concrete path. Clarion Woods Trail – One-half mile single-track trail through a red cedar forest. Brookfield Park – .3-mile paved trail.
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Shawnee County Parks + Recreation
The Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Foundation exists to enhance the park and recreation experience in Shawnee County through charitable contributions of time and resources. Your tax-deductible contribution to this 501(c)(3) can be directed into specific funds or endowments supporting the long-range preservation of various Parks + Recreation facilities. Please consider giving today.
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
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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
Cont. Topeka Shawnee County Public Library Classes Intro to Songwriting
Learn about various aspects of songwriting, including tricks and tips. Examples of songs to assist the learning process. Central Park 251-6965 Age: 6+ Date: May 17 June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 Time: Wed. 1-2 p.m. Fee: Free
Easy Origami for Adults
Quick and easy introduction to the art of Origami or Japanese paper folding. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: June 7 Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: Free
SCPRF also offers a memorial bench program to honor your loved 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 by clicking on “Ways to Give”.
For more information contact Rachel Meyer
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Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Date: July 27 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Pop-bottle Bird Houses
Make birdhouses from 2-liter pop bottles. Supplies provided. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: July 5 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: Free Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ Date: July 26 Time: Wednesday 9-10:30 a.m. Fee: Free parks.snco.us 785.251.6800
Embroidery can be used to embellish fabric items or to create original art. Learn several basic embroidery stitches and get help planning your project. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: Aug. 2 Time: Wed. 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: Free Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ Date: Aug. 31 Time: Thur. 9-9:30 a.m. Fee: Free
Preschool Toddler Open Gym
Bring your little ones in for lots of fun. Groups are welcome. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: Ongoing Time: Thur. 9-10:30 a.m. Fee: Free
Time to Get MESSY
Bring your toddler to a class that is all about getting messy! Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: May. 8-10 Time: Mon.-Wed. 9-10 a.m. Fee: $15 per person
Preschool Track Meet
Shawnee North Community Park Let the games begin! Preschoolers, prepare yourself for running, jumping, and throwing events just like the big kids. This event is for 3-5 year olds that have not attended kindergarten. Select three events: 30-yard dash, 50-yard run, javelin throw, ball throw, and running broad jump. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 3 -5 yrs. who have not attended kindergarten. Date: May 10 Time: Wed. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $15 per person
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: June 14-July 12, July 26-Aug. 23 Time: Wed. 5:30-6 p.m. Fee: $30 per person per session
Adopta-Park/ Trail Shawnee County Parks + Recreationâ€™s Adopt-A-Park/Trail program is designed to encourage the community to take a hands-on approach to helping keep the countyâ€™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.
Basic movement and coordination; increases flexibility and motor skills. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: June 17-July 15, July 29-Aug. 26 Time: Sat. 9:30-10 a.m. Fee: $30 per person per session
For more information
contact Olivia Mayer, Volunteer Services Coordinator 785.251.6825 email@example.com
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Develop coordination, rhythm and basic ballet moves. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: June 17-July 15, July 29-Aug. 26 Time: Sat. 10-10:30 a.m. Fee: $30 per person per session
Shawnee Yacht Club
Shawnee Yacht Club has several events lined up to introduce interested area residents to sailing: • • •
Free Sailboat Rides (age 6+) – Noon to 4 p.m. May 29 Free Introduction to Sailing (age 12 +) – 6 p.m. every Wednesday June – August Sailboat Races (Yacht Club membership required) every Sunday afternoon June through October and every Wednesday evening June through August.
For more information go to shawneeyachtclub.org.
Bocce Ball will be played at the court at the east end of the Felker Softball Complex parking lot at 2500 SW Gage. The court is first-come, first served basis. Equipment will be furnished for classes, instruction and play at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays from May 3 through late October. Lessons are free.
For more information call 785.272.8216
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Celebrate the 4th of July with a craft, game and a frozen treat. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: June 28 Time: Wed. 10-11 a.m. Fee: $10 per person
Wiggle and Giggle
Have fun getting your sillies out with a variety of indoor activities. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: July 19 Time: Wed. 10-11 a.m. Fee: $10 per person
Get messy and creative with different paint techniques. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 3-5 yrs. Date: Aug. 9 Time: Wed. 10-11 a.m. Fee: $10 per person
Preschool Summer Fun
Each theme class includes games, story time, crafts, snacks & playground time. Children must be completely potty trained. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 3-5 yrs. Time: Mon.-Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. Fee: $40 per person, per week June 5-8 – Safari Adventure June 12-15 – Outer Space June 19-22 – Top Chef June 26-29 – Four Seasons July 10-13 – Dr. Seuss on the Loose July 17-20 – Science Week July 24-27 – Down on the Farm
Challenge friends to a game of 10-point pitch. Coffee and cards provided. Age: 40+ Date: Ongoing Fee: $1 per person per week Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Fri. 1-3 p.m. Garfield Community Center 251-6950 Time: Tue. 1-3 p.m. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Thur. 1-3 p.m.
Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Time: Tue. 12:30-4 p.m.
Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Age: 50+ Time: Thur. 10 a.m.-Noon Fee: $2 drop-in
Seasoned players, share your knowledge with others who want to learn. Make new friends or catch up with old ones. Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Age: 50+ Date: Ongoing Time: Wed. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $3 drop-in
Trivia @ Crestview
Come outsmart your friends or learn some new facts. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 50+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tue. 10-11:30 am Fee: $1 per person
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 courseâ€™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 Â˝ 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 par-66 layout measuring 2,057 yards.
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Fitness & Wellness Wellness Center
Bright Circle Preschool Betsey Litscher 785-235-1033 Bright Circle is a KDHE licensed preschool program serving children 3-5 years old. We’ve been educating preschool-aged children for more than 30 years! We believe that children learn best through the natural play environment. The early years of a child’s life are most important because that is when the characteristics of their personalities and their own self-image develop. We strive to provide appropriate activities to develop each child socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Through these activities, children are encouraged to learn through play, and develop their skills through self-learning, peer education and teacher-directed activities. We value not just learning, but the love of learning as well. In order to ensure individual attention, class size is limited to 15 students. A $35 non-refundable registration is required; tuition of $11 per day is collected at the beginning of each month. Velma K. Paris Community Center, 6715 SW Westview Rd *Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-11:30 a.m. Tue., Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. Other classes will be opened as the need arises. Lake Shawnee Recreation Building, 3325 SE Tinman Circle *Mon.,Wed.,Fri. 9-11:30 a.m. Tue., Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. *Mon., Wed. 1-3:30 p.m. Tue., Thur. 1-3:30 p.m. *We have reserved the Mon., Wed., Fri. morning and Mon., Wed. afternoon classes for only kindergarten-bound students. This promotes a more efficient environment.
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TDC’s Creative Learning Adventures Preschool 300 NE 43rd St. Sharon Botsford, director 785-286-0676 or 785-272-5051 www.learnplaygrow.org TDC’s Creative Learning Adventures is a state-licensed preschool program serving children 3-5 years old, Aug.-May. TDC Learning Centers, Inc. has been providing high-quality, affordable early education in the Topeka community for more than 50 years! Weekly themes combined with a research-based curriculum ensure that children are having fun while learning and being prepared for kindergarten. Play and positive interaction with teachers and other children support social, emotional and intellectual growth. Special curriculum components encourage nutrition, physical fitness and socio-emotional growth. Our program spans all areas of a child’s development, offering a well-rounded, highquality learning experience. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 12 children per session. We have two classrooms that are located in the Shawnee North Community Center. Parents are our partners and are encouraged to participate in classroom activities. Parent/teacher conferences are held twice each year where parents help develop their child’s Individual Education Plan. Developmental assessments are conducted twice each year and children who are kindergarten-bound have an additional school-readiness assessment. Children must be 3 years old and fully potty trained to participate. Four different class times are offered: Mon., Wed., Fri. 9-11:30 a.m. Tue., Thur. 9-11:30 a.m. Mon., Wed. 1-3:30 p.m. Tue., Thur. 1-3:30 p.m. Tuition: $50 non-refundable registration fee/ $75 maximum for family. Class fees are $12 per session. A $40 annual supply fee covers all supplies and snacks. We reserve the right to cancel sessions if they do not fill.
Open year-round during center hours. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Age: 12+ (under 16 with adult supervision) Fee: $50 per year adults $25 per year students Fitness Passes can be used for drop in visits.
Be a part of one of the fastest growing sports in America! Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Fee: $2 per person Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Mon.-Wed, Fri. 10 a.m.-noon Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Time: Wed. 1-3 p.m.
All skill levels welcome to drop-in. 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
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tue. 7-9 p.m. Fee: $2 per person
Adult Open Gym
Practice your shot and skills. Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 18+ Date: Ongoing Time: Tue., Thur. 1-3 p.m. Fee: $2 per person
Fitness Pass Classes Fusion Fitness Class Fusion is a fun-filled full body, multi-level workout. Age: 18+ Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Sat. 9-9:45 a.m. Hillcrest Community Center 251-6956 Time: Mon. 6-6:45 p.m. Oakland Community Center 251-6953 Time: Tue., Thur. 8-9 a.m.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 16+ Time: Mon., Wed. 7-8 p.m. Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Time: Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 16+ Time: Mon., Wed. Noon-1 p.m.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 16+ Time: Mon., Wed. 10-11 a.m. Tue., Thur. 10-11 a.m. Fri., 10-11 a.m. Age: 16+
Easy Does It Yoga
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 16+ Time: Tue., Thur. 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Crestview Community Center 251-6960 Age: 16+ Time: Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Gentle Yoga for Seniors Central Park Community Center 251-6965 Age: 16+ Time: Tue., Thur. 9-10 a.m.
Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 16+ Time: Tues., Thur. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sports Youth Sports Office: 251-6970
Youth Summer Soccer League
This is a CoRec league for ages 4-10. Players in all divisions will play 6-on-6. Travel within the county may be required for practices. T-shirt provided by SCP+R. Shin guards and cleats are optional. Registration deadline is May 13. Age: 4-10 Date: June 17 – July 15 Fee: $40 per player
Youth Fall Soccer League
This is a CoRec league for ages 4-14. Players in 6U, 8U and 10U will play 6-on-6. Players in 14U division will play 4-on-4. Travel within the county may be required for practices. T-shirt provided by SCP+R. Shin guards and cleats are optional. Registration deadline is Aug. 4. Age: 4-14 Date: Sept. 9 – Oct. 7 Fee: $40 per player
Youth Flag Football League
This is an instructional league with teams coached by volunteer parents. T-shirts, flags, and mouthpieces are provided. A modified field and rules will allow players to experience team play, socialization and learn the game. Games will be 40 minutes and practice times are limited. Registration deadline is Aug. 23. Age: 6-11 Date: Sept. 18 – Oct. 18 Fee: $40 per player
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Yoga classes on different days.” Your Class • Your Schedule • Your Location • “I like the flexibility because I don’t come as regularly. I don’t feel pressured to use up my pass [because FITNESS PASS it doesn’t expire].” • “I used to have to buy two [yoga] sessions to attend classes on different Valid at SCP+R Facilities: days. Now I can just use my pass.” Good for 20 visits • Central Park Crestview • “This allows•• Oakland me to go to other yoga • Hillcrest Phone: 785.251.2600 classes elsewhere in theWebsite: city. parks.snco.us I like • Shawnee North having the•flexibility.” Your Class Your Schedule • Your Location Fitness Punch Pass benefits: • Try a variety of classes • Bring a friend/share a punch pass • Choose the class that fits your schedule • Take advantage of a great value • Passes never expire • Good for any Parks + Recreation fitness class listed Exercise benefits: • Fitness classes help you de-stress • Exercise can improve your memory • People who work out regularly get sick less often • Sleep better after working out • Changing up your classes/fitness routine keeps you fresh
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Youth Fall Volleyball League
Kossover Tennis Center
Hours of Operation
The Kossover Tennis Center offers low cost, organized programs and supervised tennis play for the entire community. The Tennis Center is open April 1 – mid-October, seven days a week, except during inclement weather and holidays. Courts are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Facility lights are available for use in the spring/summer until 10 p.m. and in the fall until 8 p.m. Hours are subject to change due to reservation requests and court use.
Daily Court Fees $2 per person per day
Reservations are strongly recommended as leagues, clinics, tennis tournaments and high school activities authorized by Shawnee County Parks + Recreation have first priority on court usage. To make reservations or for more information, please contact Ryan at Kossover Tennis Center at 785.273.0030.
This is a league for players 7-14. Individual or team registrations taken. Players are placed on teams according to age. Volunteer coaches needed. T-shirts, as well as volleyballs for practices and games are provided. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Age: 7-14 Date: Oct. 14 – Nov. 11 Fee: $40 per player
Adult Adult Beach Volleyball League – Session 1
Women’s and CoRec volleyball leagues play a seven-week season with 14 matches. Players must register as a team and submit roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is May 3. Age: 16+ Date: May 30 – July 17 Fee: $70 per team
Adult Beach Volleyball League – Session 2
Women’s and CoRec volleyball leagues play a four-week season with eight matches. Players must register as a team and submit roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is May 3. Age: 16+ Date: Sept. 5 – Oct. 6 Fee: $40 per team
Camps and Clinics
Adult Volleyball League – Session 3
Tennis Lesson Fees
Private lessons: $35 per hour Semi-Private lessons: $20 per hour per person Group lessons: $9 per hour
Racquet stringing service is available at Kossover Tennis Center. Fees range from $23-$35.
Kossover Tennis Center also features tennis camps and youth summer tennis clinics.
For more information on lessons, reservations, tournaments and the Topeka Tennis Association 785.273.0030
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Adult Softball League – Session 3
Men’s and CoRec slow-pitch softball leagues play a four-game season. Men’s and CoRec doubleheader leagues play an eight-game season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is Aug. 9. Age: 16+ Date: Sept. 5 – Oct. 13 Fee: $130 per team/ single game $260 per team/ doubleheader
Adult Basketball League – Session 3
Leagues play a seven-game season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is Aug. 9. Ages: 16+ Date: Wed. or Thurs. Sept. 7- Oct. 19 Fee: $260 per team
Adult Baseball League 30 and Over
League plays a 12-game season with a double elimination tournament at the end of the season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to the first game. Registration deadline is July 12. Bettis Family Sports Complex and McDonald Field Ages: 30+ Date: Tues./Thurs./Sun. Aug. 15 – Nov. 8 Fee: $250 deposit due by July 12 and $1,250 due by July 27 Coaches Meeting: TBA
Women’s, Men’s 50+ and CoRec volleyball leagues play a six-week season with 12 matches. Players must register as a team and submit roster prior to first game. Registration deadline is July 26. Age: 16+ Date: Aug. 28 – Oct. 13 Fee: $150 per team-competitive $80 per team-recreational
Adult Seven-on-Seven Soccer League
League plays an eight-game season with a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to the first game. Registration deadline is Aug. 9. Bettis Family Sports Complex Ages: 16+ Date: Wed. Sept. 6 – Nov. 8 Fee: $475 per team
Adult Five-on- Five Flag Football League
League plays a five-game season with a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season. Players must register as a team and submit a roster prior to the first game. Registration deadline is Aug. 23. Bettis Family Sports Complex Ages: 16+ Date: Tues. Sept. 5 – Nov. 7 Fee: $330 per team
Unified Softball is an integrated program designed to bring people with and without developmental disabilities together to play ball. This is a recreational league. Teams will be organized and a schedule will be emailed to all athletes after registration is complete. Please be sure your email and mailing information is correct when registering. Every effort will be made to keep people on the same team from year to year. SCP+R will provide bats, balls, tees & helmets. Players must bring their own gloves and drinks. Registration deadline is Tues., May 23. Felker Park, Fields 1 & 2, 251-6949 Age: 14 + years old Date: 5/30 (8-week league) Time: Tues. 6:10-8:20 p.m. Fee: $35 per athlete
Volunteer! Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has a variety of opportunities for volunteers to help beautify and preserve our natural environment, serve the community, raise awareness, develop new skills and meet new people! Parks • Gardens • Trails • Education • Facility Maintenance • Cultural + Historical • Tour Guides • Events • Coaching • School Projects •Administrative
For more information
contact Olivia Mayer, Volunteer Services Coordinator 785.251.6825 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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New in 2017 Scuba Diving Rossville Pool extended hours (Celebrating 10 years) When using a credit card, an ID must be presented All bags will be checked before entering Styrofoam cups are prohibited
Rossville Pool gets update for 10th anniversary Ten years ago, the citizens of Rossville accomplished something very few communities even attempt. Starting with a vision, they raised the funds to build a community pool. Shawnee County Parks + Recreation was approached to add the guard house and the Buhler Recreation Building with SCP+R then maintaining and operating the facility. â€œA facility that is much more than just a pool was accomplished by a small group of individuals in the Rossville Community,â€? says John Knight, SCP+R director. Knight explains that many smaller communities would like to have a pool but are awestruck at how much money has to be raised. Few attempt, let alone accomplish the task. For its 10th anniversary, the Rossville Pool has received a face lift. The pool basin has been painted and a needed shade structure has been added along with new lockers. Dave Allacher, SCP+R aquatics supervisor, says the improvements will benefit swimmers for years to come.
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BLAISDELL FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER 271-5300
Facility Rental Rent the whole facility for church groups, family reunions, even staff parties. Outside food is welcome. Administration Annex 251-6800 or Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ to register Date: June-Aug. Time: Fri.-Sun. 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $650 Party Room Rental Rent the air-conditioned party room adjacent to the aquatic facility. Rental includes 12 admission wristbands. Additional bands are $3 each. Outside food is welcome but must stay in party room. Administration Annex 251-6800 or Shawnee North Community Center Age: 18+ to register Date: June-Aug. Time: 12:30-3 p.m. or 3:30-6 p.m. Fee: $125 Diving (Blaisdell) Learn how to become a competitive diver or just learn the basics. Divers from beginners to advanced are welcome. Amy Watson will be the instructor. Beginners Age: 10+ Date: Mon.-Fri. June 5-30 Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fee: $60 per Person
Diving (Blaisdell) Learn how to become a competitive diver or just learn the basics. Divers from beginners to advanced are welcome. Amy Watson will be the instructor. Beginners Age: 10+ Date: Mon.-Fri. July 3-28 Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fee: $60 per Person Advanced Diving (Blaisdell) Age: 10+ Date: Mon.-Fri. June 5-30 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $60 per Person Advanced Diving (Blaisdell) Age: 10+ Date: Mon.-Fri. July 3-28 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $60 per Person Dog Swim (Blaisdell) The dog days of summer are here. Bring your four-legged friends to cool off at the pool. Part of the proceeds will go to a local shelter. All dogs must be vaccinated and under the control of the owners. Only dogs may swim in the pool. Age: 18+ Date: Tues., Aug. 15 Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5 per dog
SHAWNEE NORTH FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER 286-4040
Facility Rental Rent the whole facility for church groups, family reunions, even staff parties. Outside food is welcome. Administration Annex 251-6800 or Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ to register Date: June-Aug. Time: Fri.-Sun. 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $650
Party Area Rental Rent the open-air party area adjacent to the concession stand. Rental includes 12 admission wristbands. Additional bands are $3 each. Outside food is welcome but must stay in party area. Administration Annex 251-6800 or Shawnee North Community Center 286-0676 Age: 18+ to register Date: June-Aug. Time: 12:30-3 p.m. or 3:30-6 p.m. Fee: $100 Water Walking Join your friends and walk against the current for a great low-impact aerobic workout. Evenings Age: 13+ Date: June 6-Aug. 13 Time: Mon.-Thur. 7-7:45 p.m. Fee: $5 drop in/ 16 punch card $55 / 32 punch card $110 Mornings Age: 13+ Date: June 13-Aug. 13 Time: Mon.-Thur.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fee: $5 drop in; 16-punch card $55; 32-punch card $110 Shawnee Swim Sharks This team is designed for the beginner to the advanced swimmer entering grades 7-12. Rod Garman will instruct a 6-week course focusing on stroke development. The team will not compete. Age: Entering into 7th grade Date: June 5-July 20 NOTE: No class July 3-6 Time: Mon.-Thur. 6:30-8 a.m. Fee: $150 Dog Swim The dog days of summer are here. Bring your four-legged friends to cool off at the pool. Partial proceeds will go to a local shelter. All dogs must be vaccinated and under the control of the owners. Only dogs may swim in the pool. Age: 18+ Date: Tues., Aug. 14 Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5 per dog Try Scuba Not sure if you would like to scuba dive? Here is your chance to try before committing to a class. This 20-minute experience could change your life! Minors must have parentâ€™s consent and all paperwork must be completed before experience. Age: 10+ Date: June 26 or July 10 Time: Mon. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fee: $30
Scuba Diving This is your opportunity to get certified as a Scuba Diver and discover a magical world of crystal clear water and colorful fish. Class includes 10 hours of instruction and an open water dive to conclude your adventure! Online classes must be completed before instruction begins. Age: 10+ Date: Orientation Fri. June 2 Class Sun. June 4, 11 Orientation Fri. July 21 Class Sun. July 23, 30 Time: Orientation 6:30-8 p.m. Class 8 a.m.-Noon Fee: $450
Aquatic Park-Swim Fees & Hours:
Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Fees: Any person 13 years of age or older $7 Two years of age through 12 years of age $6 Under two years of age Free Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Fees: Any person 13 years of age or older $7 Two years of age through 12 years of age $6 Under two years of age Free
MIDWEST HEALTH AQUATIC CENTER 251-6890
Midwest Health Aquatic Center Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Fees: Any person 13 years of age or older $8 Two years of age through 12 years of age $7 Under two years of age Free
Facility Rental Time: 7-8:45 p.m. Fee: $700
Aquatic Park Discount Cards Discount cards sold in various increments at a 10 percent discount per visit.
Water Step Aerobics This unique style of aerobics combines the great cardio exercise of step aerobics with the low impact of water. Feel the burn! Age: 13+ Date: June 6-Aug. 13 Time: Mon.-Thur. 7-7:45 p.m. Fee: $5 drop in; 16-punch card $55; 32-punch card $110
Community Pool-Swim Fees & Hours:
Try Scuba Not sure if you would like to Scuba Dive? Here is your chance to try scuba diving before committing to a class. This 20-minute experience could change your life! Minors must have parentâ€™s consent and all paperwork must be completed before experience. Age: 10+ Date: June 12 or July 24 Time: Mon. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fee: $30 Scuba Diving This is your opportunity to get certified as a Scuba Diver and discover a magical world of crystal clear water and colorful fish. Class includes 10 hours of instruction and an open water dive to conclude your adventure! Online classes must be completed before instruction begins. Age: 10+ Date: Orientation Fri. June 16 Class Sun. June 18, 25 Orientation Fri. July 7 Class Sun. July 9, 16 Orientation Fri. Aug. 4 Class Sun. Aug. 6, 13 Time: Orientation 6:30-8 p.m. Class 8 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $450
Garfield Pool, Hillcrest Pool & Oakland Pool Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Fees: Any person two years of age or older $2 Under two years of age Free Rossville Pool Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Tue. Noon-7 p.m. Wed. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Fees: Any person 13 years of age or older $3 Two years of age through 12 years of age $2 Under two years of age Free Community Pool Discount Cards Discount cards sold in various increments at a 10 percent discount per visit. 10 passes $19 50 passes $90
Garfield Pool, Hillcrest Pool, Rossville Pool Time: Fri.-Sun. 6 - 8 p.m. Fee: $175 Rossville Party Room Time: Fri.-Sun. 12:30-2:30 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. Fee: $100
*Fees subject to change
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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 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 and under: FREE Ages 3-12: $4.25 Ages 13-64: $5.75 Senior Citizens (65 & older): $4.75
Group rates are available with advanced notice. Contact the zoo at 785-3689180 for more information.
SUMMER CAMPS: All eight weeks: Ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with no stay-late option Fee: $140/week for FOTZ members; $165/non-members. Week 1: June 5-9; Theme: Zootopia Explore the food chain and learn how herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores interact with each other. From predator/prey relationships to animals helping each other, learn how the animal world including humans, is all connected. Week 2: June 12-16; Theme: Earth Explorers Embark on this camp journey and follow famous explorers on their search for new lands and animals. Think like explorers do and set off on the quest of a lifetime! Week 3: June 19-23; Theme: Food Fest Explore food around the world. From local farm equipment, cooking, and animals to global cuisines, this camp will make your mouth water!
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Week 4: June 26-30; Theme: Nature’s Art From spotted fur to colorful leaves, nature is full of beautiful masterpieces. Learn about and create your own works of art based on the amazing natural world around us.
Week 7: July 24-28; Theme: Animal Inspirations Join us as we discuss how animals help humans. From technology to conservation, service animals to four-legged heroes, explore how our human world is impacted by the amazing creatures of the earth.
Week 5: July 10-14; Theme: Wild Weapons-The World’s Most Dangerous From teeth and claws to sharp spikes and venom, this camp will reveal the wild weapons animals use to stay alive. Join us as we discuss these dangerous adaptations and creatures.
Week 8: July 31-Aug. 4; Theme; Zoo Detectives From Sherlock Holmes to Scooby Doo and the gang, we all have our favorite detectives. So, grab your tool kit and keep your eyes peeled, as we inspect the zoo and its animals while solving a new mystery each day!
Week 6: July 17-21; Theme: Where the Wookie LivesExploring Ecosystems Far, Far Away Grab your light sabers and engage your hyper drive as we speed to the differing ecosystems of the Star Wars universe. Explore the habitats and animals of Star Wars and how they are similar to those found on Earth.
TEEN SUMMER CAMP: Age: 13-17 Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost per week: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/ non-members. June 19-23 and June 26-30; Theme; Exploration Week for Teens 1 and 2 Meet live animals, talk conservation, and take trips to various ecosystems around NE Kansas. Talk to experts in many animal-related fields.
Other Happenings at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center: Plant Sale – Saturday, May 13th Join the Topeka Zoo for our first ever plant sale! This Mother’s Day weekend, stop by the zoo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to shop for native wildflowers that mom will be sure to love. All of the proceeds for this event go to local and global conservation efforts. The plant sale will take place in the parking lot of the zoo. Admission to the zoo is NOT required. Teacher Appreciation Night – Wednesday, August 9th The Topeka Zoo is hosting a Teacher Development Workshop for area educators, administrators, and interested people to learn more about incorporating environmental education into their curriculum and classrooms! One hour of professional development graduate credit from Baker University will be available as well. The event runs from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, July 7th, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8th. Please contact the Education Department at 785-368-9137 for more information.
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. (M-Th.) (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. (M-Th.) (Fri.-Sun.) 8 a.m.-10:30 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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Hours Grounds: 8 a.m.-dusk Office: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mulvane General Store: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun.
At Ward-Meade Historic Site Featuring:
1854 replica Log Cabin with Blacksmith Shop, 1870s Prairie Mansion on the National Register of Historic Places and the 2.5-acre WardMeade Botanical Garden.
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 or shop for vintage-era 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 can be rented for church services and weddings. Call 785-251-6933. The Town Square also includes the 1891 Victor Schoolhouse, Lingo Livery Stable with Landau Carriage and Baughman Ice Cream Wagon, Lingo Tack Shop, Northern Barn, Pauline Santa Fe Depot and Caboose, and a turn-of-the-century barber shop.
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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 a stream, bridge, gazebo and waterfall. Many weddings are held in the garden each year. Call 785-251-6993.
Potwin Drug Store: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Tours Group tours for 15 or more by reservation only, call 785-251-6993 Monday-Friday: 10 a.m., Noon, & 2 p.m. Saturday: Noon & 2 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. Tour Fees Adults: $5 Seniors (55+): $4 Children 6-12: $3 5 and under: Free
Weddings And Receptions
Make your wedding a historic event! Rental includes decorating and cleanup, 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. Package 1 Anna’s Place and Reception $355 3-hour rental including kitchen and Preston Hale room for reception. *No seating available at Anna’s Place.
Visit Friends of Ward-Meade Presents Beginning Blacksmithing
This one day class provides a very basic understanding of forging principles, from building and controlling the fire to heating/forging steel, tool selection and use. Learn techniques from proper positioning to holding the hammer correctly. All tools and materials are furnished. Call 785-251-6993 to schedule your class. Age: Dates: Time: Fee:
18+ June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2 Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $50 per class
Package II Courtyard (wedding only) $355 3-hour rental including Preston Hale room. Seating for 100 provided. Package III Courtyard and Reception $580 5-hour rental period including kitchen and Preston Hale room for reception. Seating for 100 provided. Package IV Everest Church (wedding only) $495 3-hour rental includes bride’s dressing facilities. Max seating 65. Package V Everest Church and Reception $770 5-hour rental period including kitchen and Preston Hale room. Max seating 65.
Meetings, Anniversaries, Showers, Etc.
Preston Hale Reception Room (maximum 72) Lingo Livery Stable (maximum 35) Potwin Drug Store (maximum 25)
Meals for Groups and Organizations
The following food programs include two hour room rental. Call 785-251-6993. Ward Cabin Hearth Meals $18 per person This is one of the most popular, unique meals served 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 Oct. 15-March 15 with reservations for groups of 12-18.
Menu Hearth-cooked ham. or smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, fruit, Dutch ovenbaked biscuits, hearth-baked molasses cookies, old-fashioned ice cream, cider and coffee. Victorian Dinner $25 per person Enjoy a delightful Victorian meal served buffetstyle in the elegant dining room of the 1870s Ward-Meade mansion. Gleaming silver, fine china, crisp linens and a gracious atmosphere make this an occasion to remember. Choice of entree includes baked ham or chicken served with salad, vegetable, potatoes, freshly baked scones and old-fashioned ice cream. Minimum 25. Maximum 72. Picnic Basket Dinner $12 per person The delicious hot chicken pocket sandwich featuring Old Prairie Town’s own special recipe makes the picnic basket a year-round favorite. Also included in the basket are fruit, cole slaw or potato salad, pickle, cookie, brownbread ice cream and a drink. Minimum 15. Cider Sipping and Hearth-Baked Cookies $5.50 per person Sit by the fire in our cozy log cabin and enjoy a demonstration of molasses cookies being baked on the hearth. Then sample the warm, spicy treats along with tangy apple cider. Offered by the fire Oct. 15 through March 15. Minimum 10.
Youth Prairie Programs Please call 785-251-6933 for more information.
Age: 18+ Dates: Intro to Herbs - June 7 Growing Herbs - June 21 *Cooking with Herbs - July 12 Intro to Herbs - July 26 Growing Herbs - Aug. 9 Cooking with Herbs - Aug. 23 *Cooking with Herbs will be held at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, 929 SW Mulvane St.
$55 Are you looking for a unique experience for your class or youth group? Come and spend an hour in our authentic one-room schoolhouse learning about our Kansas country school legacy. Cipher on slates, participate in a spelling bee and play old-time games. Maximum 18 participants.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT OLD PRAIRIE TOWN
Celebrate your child’s birthday in an oldfashioned way. Choose from two party packages. Parties include a volunteer in period costume to lead the party as well as set-up and clean-up. Parties are two hours in length and can be booked any day of the week throughout the year except holidays. Old-Fashioned Birthday Party (Ages 6–12 yrs.) $10 per participant. Minimum 10. Maximum 15. This party is in our one-room country schoolhouse with old-fashioned turn-of-thecentury fun. This party includes a “session” with the schoolmarm playing old-time games. Guests will share an old-fashioned cake with ice cream and lemonade. We also furnish handcrafted favors, a prize and a tour. Children’s Victorian Party (Ages 6-12 yrs.) $10 per participant. Minimum 10. Maximum 15. Your child and guests can dress up in costumes from a “surprise trunk” and be treated to an elegant birthday tea. We provide finger food and cookies, just like in the Victorian era when tea was considered a social event. Join The Volunteers at Old Prairie Town. Help serve a Victorian dinner, lead a guided tour or volunteer for other exciting assignments to fit your interests. Call 785-251-6993 to volunteer.
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Parks Gage Park
Attractions • Mini-Train & Depot (Open mid-March through October – weather permitting) • Carousel in the Park (Open mid-March 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
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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.
Attractions • 410-acre recreational lake • 7.2-mile Lake Shawnee Trail • Marina • Boat Ramps • Swim Beach • Campground • Ted Ensley Gardens • Lake Shawnee Jr. Pond • Lake Shawnee Golf Course • Shelter Houses • Bettis Family Sports Complex • Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex
Other Recreational Opportunities • Summer Day Camps • Disc Golf • Tennis Courts • Soccer Fields • Heated Fishing Dock • Sand Volleyball Courts • Windsurf Beach • Topeka Metro Bike Stations 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 80 species of trees is just across the street. An adjoining natural area is under development.
Campground Policies • Laundry facilities are available at the shower building. • A variety of beverages, snacks and fire wood are sold at the concessions from April 15-Oct. 15. • Showers and restroom facilities are located at the entrance area and north end of the campground. Please keep these areas clean. • Please have your children watch carefully for cars around the area. YOU are responsible for the conduct and whereabouts of your children at all times. Courteous behavior is encouraged. • Animals must be under control of the owner and on a leash 10-feet or less. • A dump station is available for use. Fee is $5 for non- campers. Registration Fees • April 15-Oct. 15 RV, Campers, Tents - $20 per night • Oct. 16-April 14 RV, Campers, Tents - $17 per night
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62+ years of age and older receive a $1 discount off the daily rate. Fees are non-refundable. Sites 117-119 and 132-141 are designated tent sites. A $5 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. • Reservations must be for a minimum of two (2) nights. • Refunds will not be issued for unused sites.
Adopt-A-Park Help keep Shawnee County parks looking great! Our volunteer coordinator is always happy to hear from individual citizens and community groups willing to keep our parks beautiful by picking up litter. Trash bags and full-bag collection is provided. Whether it’s a one-time project
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 Ward-Martin 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.
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 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 Michele A. Buhler Kevin Cook Bob Archer
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
785.251.2600 − parks.snco.us
John E. Knight Terry L. Bertels Randy Luebbe John Boyd Susan Fowler-Hentzler Shawn Osborne Kerry Golden Mike Cope
Director Deputy Director of Properties, Planning and Assets Deputy Director of Operations and Communications Greenspace/Land Superintendent Recreation Superintendent Outdoor Adventures Superintendent Director of Golf Park Police Chief
Advisory Board Sharri Black Teresa Miller Howard Blackman James Martin Eric Cortez Kenneth Renner Vacant Elias Garcia Terri Roberts Vacant Kristen Brunkow L.J. Polly Dick Ketterman Chris Fisher Vacant
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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.
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Trails Shawnee County Parks + Recreationâ€™s more than 50 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 nearly 30 miles of paved trails and more than 20 miles of natural surface trails running through forested, prairie and open natural areas.
For a complete listing of our paved and natural surface trails, pick up a copy of our Trail Guide or access the Trail Guide online at parks.snco.us.