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Posted on: September 28, 2018

Ribbon Cutting set for Gage Park Fitness Loop Trail

A ribbon cutting and trail walk are scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 9 to officially dedicate the new Gage Park Fitness Loop Trail.

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Posted on: September 27, 2018

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation receives national accreditation

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Parkand Recreation Agencies, joining an elite group of 2 percent of all park and recreation agencies.

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

$1.3 million in park improvements planned

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation plans to invest $1.3 million in improvements to 18 local parks.

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day introduces youth to nature

Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day introduces a technology raised generation of youth to the joys of nature.

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

July is Park and Recreation Month -- Target the Trails!

July is Park and Recreation Month and Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is encouraging residents to Target the Trails to discover and enjoy SCP+R's nearly 60 miles of trails.

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Spirit of Kansas Festival expected to draw 40,000 to 50,000

The Spirit of Kansas Festival July 4 at Lake Shawnee features a golf tournament, car show, Blues Festival, vendors and a fireworks display.

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Central Park Pond Upgraded to Blue Green Algae Warning

Central Park Pond has been upgraded to a blue green algae warning.

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Topeka Metro Shuttle makes Midwest Health Aquatic Center accessible to all area youth

A free shuttle from Quincy Street Station to Midwest Health Aquatic Center will make Shawnee County Parks + Recreation's newest aquatic center accessible to more area youth.

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

National Go Skateboard Day set for June 21 at Mouse Trap Skate Park

National Go Skateboard Day is set for June 21 in Mouse Trap Skate Park in Oakland-Billard Park. Registration begins at 5 p.m. with competition at 6 p.m.

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Blue green algae watch posted for Central Park Pond

A blue green algae watch has been issued for Central Park Pond. Read more in our news release.

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Portion of Shunga Trail west of Fairlawn to close due to construction

Starting Tuesday, May 29, a portion of the Shunga Trail west of Fairlawn will be closed due to construction.

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Posted on: April 30, 2018

Public Engagement Opportunity to give input into future of Hillcrest Community Center

A Public Engagement Opportunity to give the public input into the future use of Hillcrest Community Center to serve the entire public is set for May 5 at Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

Tulip Time bulb sale set for May 4

The annual Tulip Time bulb sale is set for May 4 at the trailhead parking lot at Ted Ensley Gardens.

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Posted on: April 22, 2018

Tulip Time 2018 extended by one week to April 29

Tulip Time 2018 has been extended by one week until April 29. The tulips are in peak bloom and the warm weather forecast for next week will give more people a chance to see the tulips.

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation submits application for accreditation

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has submitted its application for accreditation by the Council on Accreditation for Park and Recreation Agencies.

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Tulip Time Update - Tulip Time tulips should be in peak bloom this week

The tulips should be in peak bloom this week just in time for the final weekend of Tulips at Twilight and for Tulip Time Festival at the Lake.

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Tulip Time Festival at the Lake moved from April 8 to April 22

Tulip Time Festival at the Lake has been moved from April 8 to April 22 at Ted Ensley Gardens to give the tulips more time to bloom.

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Posted on: March 27, 2018

Tulip Time 2018 April 6-23

Tulip Time 2018 is April 6-23 at Ted Ensley Gardens/Lake Shawnee, Doran Rock Garden/Gage Park and Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. Two special events include Tulip Time Festival at the Lake April 8 and Tulips at Twilight April 6-15.

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Posted on: March 23, 2018

SCPR to introduce community's first outdoor fitness equipment at Hillcrest Community Park

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation will introduce the community's first outdoor fitness equipment along with a host of improvements to Hillcrest Community Park.

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Posted on: January 29, 2018

SCP+R recognized with two awards at KRPA Conference

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is honored to be recognized with two awards at last week's Kansas Recreation and Park Association Conference in Wichita.

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Process of turning bare gardens into Tulip Time starts now

Volunteers and Shawnee County Parks + Recreation horticulture staff are putting in more than 1,000 hours of work reading garden beds and planting 100,000 tulip bulbs that will welcome spring 2018 with Tulip Time.

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Terry Bertels to retire after 33 years in parks and recreation

After a 33-year career including serving as City of Topeka Parks and Recreation director and playing a key role in the consolidation of the city and county parks and recreation departments, Terry Bertels is retiring.

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation receives grant for Deer Creek Trail Extension

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has received a grant to extend the Deer Creek Trail from NE 10th Street to Dornwood Park. The extension is the first phase of connecting the trail system to SE 29th where it can connect to the Lake Shawnee Trail.

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