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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Spray Parks open May 13; Pools and Aquatic Centers open May 25

For release:   Immediately                                       Contact: Mike McLaughlin, 785-251-6880

Date:                May 7, 2019

Spray Parks open May 13; Pools and Aquatic Centers open May 25

TOPEKA, KAN. – Summer is coming and Shawnee County Parks Recreation’s Dornwood Park opens May 13. Once a part arrives to repair a mechanical issue, Jackson Spray Park will open the same week. On Memorial Day weekend, pools and aquatic centers open. Details on hours of operation and fees for children and adults can be found on our website under aquatics at

Aquatic Centers include:

            Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center in Gage Park

            Midwest Health Aquatic Center at 21st and Urish

            Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center on 300 NE 43rd St.

“Our aquatic centers each offer a different experience,” says Dave Allacher, aquatics supervisor. “Blaisdell tends to be popular with families because of its zero depth entry kids area, its various water slides including a family slide, and its lap swimming area. Midwest Health is the ‘thrill ride’ with its 35-foot high water slides and bow-tie wave pool, and Shawnee North remains our overall most popular aquatic center with its separate pools and the lazy river feature.”

NOTE: Due to a leak in the brass pipes beneath the wading pool at Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center the wading pool will not be available to patrons in 2019. The dragon slide has been moved from the wading pool to the zero depth entry area of the main pool so it will still be available to young children. Because the wading pool is closed, we are extending free admission to children under age five for 2019 only.

Community Pools include:

            Garfield Pool at 1600 NE Quincy

            Hillcrest Pool at 1800 SE 21st

            Oakland Pool at 801 NE Poplar

            Rossville Community Pool at 714 Main St. in Rossville

For information on swim lessons visit

            Beginning on May 15, Shawnee County Parks Recreation will run on its Facebook Page a trivia contest about its aquatic centers and pools to promote the opening of aquatics season. Participants have a chance to win a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate or a single-day pool pass to an SCP R pool or aquatic center.


About Shawnee County Parks Recreation

Shawnee County Parks Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,625 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the-art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.

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