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Posted on: February 15, 2019

Next High School Job Fair set for Feb. 18 at Topeka Workforce Center

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation's next High School Jobs Fair is set for Feb. 18 at the Topeka Workforce Center at 1430 SW Topeka Blvd.

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

Lake Shawnee named to ArrivaLIST's Most Visited Places by travelers

Lake Shawnee has been named to ArrivaLIST's Most Visited Places by travelers. This is the second time in three years that Lake Shawnee has been recognized by the tourism industry as a travel destination.

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation recognized with three awards at KRPA Conference

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Director John E. Knight received the Distinguished Fellow Award at today's Kansas Recreation and Park Association Awards Luncheon. Another staff member and volunteer were also recognized.

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

New home rule resolution allows sale of alcohol at additional parks and recreation venues

A new home rule resolution allows the sale of alcohol at additional Shawnee County Parks + Recreation venues on a case by case basis with prior approval of the SCP+R director and the Board of County Commissioners.

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Posted on: January 17, 2019

SCP+R to host high school job fair to help fill 300 seasonal positions

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has 300 seasonal positions available ranging from lifeguards to camp counselors to park maintenance staff. In February, SCP+R will hold high school job fairs to give high school students a jump on finding summer work.

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Posted on: January 17, 2019

SE 29th Street closed at West Edge Road -- detours to be placed

As part of a Shawnee County project to widen SE 29th Street to five lanes, the road will be closed From Granger Street to Wittenberg Road from Feb. 4 to April 26 while the bridge at West Edge Road is replaced.

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Mitchell Drey joins Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as recreation leader

Mitchell Drey has joined Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as a recreation leader. He will oversee the operation of Crestview Community Center.

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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation contracts with MSP to bring ball tournaments to Shawnee County

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has contracted with Midwest Sports Productions to bring baseball and fastpitch softball tournaments to Bettis Family Sports Complex, Lake Shawnee Girls Softball Complex and other facilities.

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Daniel Figge joins Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as recreation leader

Daniel Figge has joined Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as recreation leader. He will oversee the operation of Hillcrest Community Center.

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Terri Branden and Donna Coffland promoted to Horticulturist

Two Shawnee County Parks + Recreation staff members have been promoted to the position of horticulturist.

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Olivia Mayer elected president-elect of KRPA

Olivia Mayer of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation has been elected president-elect of the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Riley Shafer appointed Community Events and Amenities Supervisor

Riley Shafer has been appointed Community Events and Amenities Supervisor for Shawnee County Parks + Recreation.

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

Ribbon cutting ceremony set for Hanger Family Preserve fishing pond

A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for the renovated fishing pond at Lake Shawnee.

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

Ribbon cutting set for renovated fishing pond at Lake Shawnee

A ribbon cutting is set for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 for the renovated fishing pond at Lake Shawnee. The pond will formally become part of the Dick and Dotty Hanger Family Preserve.

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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: 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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