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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Ward-Meade Garden Glow set for Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Luminaria path

TOPEKA, KAN. – Ward-Meade Garden Glow, is set for Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 at Old Prairie Town and Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. This is the second year for the event. Patterned after the popular Tulips at Twilight, Garden Glow features lighte...

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Fall issue of The Guide now online

The Guide Fall 2021 issue

The Fall issue of The Guide is now online. Learn about fall and winter holiday events and enroll in the newest recreation programs. Events include Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day, the Preschool Track and Field Meet, Ward-Meade Garden Glow, the Spookomotive in...

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Aug. 7-8 is last weekend of season for aquatic centers and pools

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County Parks + Recreation aquatic centers and pools will close for the season after Aug. 8. Each year, SCP+R aquatic facilities close the last weekend before its high school and college staff members return to school. Thre...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Topeka ER & Hospital sponsorship enhances major trails

Group walking at announcement of Topeka ER & Hospital Trail sponsorship

Topeka ER & Hospital sponsorship enhances Shunga, Landon and Lake Shawnee Trails

TOPEKA, KAN. – A trail sponsorship by Topeka ER & Hospital will enhance Shawnee County’s three major paved trails with new markers every half-mile ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Otocast gives Old Prairie Town visitors narrated tour via mobile device

Picture of Potwin Drug Store

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Grant to enable SCP+R to complete connection of trail system across county

Runner on Shunga Trail cropped

TOPEKA, KAN. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz have announced the awarding of $13.5 million for 18 projects selected for inclusion in its Transportation Alternatives (TA) program for Fed...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Tim Laurent receives KRPA Distinguished Professional Award

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Tim Laurent, director, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation, has received the Kansas Recreation and Park Association’s Distinguished Professional Award. The award was announced during the KRPA Annual Conference and Trade Sh...

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

National lifeguard shortage felt in Shawnee County

TopCity Sign with lifeguards

TOPEKA, KAN. – A national shortage of lifeguards is being felt in Shawnee County, Kan. With swimming pools and aquatic centers opening May 29, Memorial Day weekend, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation is short of its desired number of lifeguards n...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Family Park Master Plan approved

Family Park Instagram Post

Shawnee County commissioners on April 29 approved the Master Plan for the development of Family Park at SW 21st and Urish. The destination park will be built in phases over time. The park will include features not found in other parks in Shawnee County. T...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Civitan Club of Topeka continues tradition with donation of new slide for Civitan Day Camp

Twist and Shout slide in Civitan Playground

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

SE 45th Street and section of Lake Shawnee Trail closed for construction

Road Work

Topeka, Kan. –Beginning Monday, February 8th, SE 45th Street from approximately 900 west of the intersection with West Edge / Berryton Road to approximately 300 feet east of the intersection with East Edge Road will be CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC ...

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