TOPEKA, KAN. – A Healthy Play Initiative Grant from GameTime means that 11 Shawnee County parks will be getting new playground equipment. The parks receiving new playground equipment thanks to the $256,225.80 grant include Austin Park, Central Park, Children’s Park, Collins Park, Eastborough Park, Eastgate Park, Gwendolyn Brooks Park, Hughes Park, Major Palm Park, Meadowood Park and Willow Park.
“Shawnee County Parks Recreation’s Master Plan calls for five to eight parks to be improved each year,” said Tim Laurent, SCP+R director. “We’re excited to receive this grant and to be bringing updates to these parks next summer.”
SCP+R applied for the Health Play Initiative Grant which adds to a previously approved budget for improving the parks that will receive upgrades. Shawnee County Commissioners approved acceptance of the grant at their Oct. 31 meeting. The playground equipment varies by park classification and the assessed needs of neighborhoods in which the parks reside. In Hughes Park, improvements include an accessible playground equipment package to replace aged equipment presently in the park.