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Posted on: July 27, 2022

With school starting, aquatic centers and pools will close Aug. 7

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TOPEKA, KAN. – With some school districts starting school Aug. 10 and 11, and college students heading back to campus, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation aquatic centers and pools will close after Aug. 7. Dornwood and Jackson Spray Parks will remain open through Sept. 15. Aquatic fitness classes will continue through Aug. 13.

“Our lifeguards and pool staff are largely high school and college students,” noted Shawn Osborne, outdoor adventures superintendent. “Once high school begins and college students begin heading back to campus, we no longer have the staff to keep the aquatic centers and pools open.”

Paddle boat, water trike, canoe and kayak rentals at the Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove will continue through Sept. 11. 

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Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,696 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.