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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Winter/Spring issue of The Guide now online

The Guide Winter Spring 2023

The Winter/Spring issue of The Guide is now online. The issue features Jerold Binkley Tulip Time, summer camp registration, seasonal jobs, recreation programs, sports league registration and more.

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Three popular holiday events set for early December

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Three favorite holiday events are set for the first two weeks of December in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. 

Holiday craft fairs are some of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s most popular events. The Holida...

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Posted on: November 16, 2022

Adam Cordero-Steele joins Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

Adam Cordero-Steele

TOPEKA, KAN. – Adam Cordero-Steele has joined Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as a recreation leader. He will oversee Hillcrest Community Center and develop recreation programs for the community. Cordero-Steele previously worked as a seasonal e...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

Eric VanBecelaere, Dustyn Whyte and Laurel Padilla join Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

Shawnee County Parks and Rec

TOPEKA, KAN. – Eric VanBecelaere has joined Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as Administrative Superintendent and Dustyn Whyte has joined the department as Recreation Manager. VanBecelaere spent more than 30 years in various positions ...

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Posted on: October 27, 2022

Sign unveiling held for Nellie Hogan Park

Nellie Hogan and family

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Director Tim Laurent and SCP+R Advisory Board member Joe Ledbetter today unveiled the sign officially renaming the former Pinecrest Park to Nellie Hogan Park. Laurent thanked Hogan for her many contributions to the Hi-Cre...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Fall 2022 issue of The Guide now online

The Guide Fall 2022

From fall events to holiday events, recreation programs and sports leagues, you'll find an activity that meets your interests in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation's Fall 2022 issue of The Guide.

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Pinecrest Park renamed Nellie Hogan Park

Nellie Hogan with county commissioners and parks officials

TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County commissioners at their Aug. 29 Board of County Commissioners meeting, renamed Pinecrest Park Nellie Hogan Park to honor an unsung heroine who dedicated decades of her life to serving the Hi-Crest community,...

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Posted on: October 6, 2022

Dedication of Native American encampment set for Oct. 14 at Old Prairie Town

Group photo with Native American Encampment

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Native American encampment, the newest addition to Old Prairie Town, will be formally dedicated in a 10 a.m. ceremony on Oct. 14. The ceremony will include remarks by officials of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Citizen...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Lake Shawnee Softball Complex renamed Envista Softball Complex

Shot from behind backstop of new artificial turf infield at Envista Softball Complex

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For release: Immediately Contact: Kimberly Wolff

Date: Jan. 24, 2022 (785) 251-6878

Lake Shawnee Softball Complex to be renamed Envista Softball Complex

TOPEKA, KAN. -- Shawnee County Commissioners have approved a contract authorizing an eight-ye...

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Posted on: March 17, 2022

Shunga Trail reopened at Gage Blvd. underpass

Runner on Shunga Trail

Shunga Trail reopened at Gage Blvd.

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Shunga Trail is now open at the Gage Blvd. underpass. The trail had been closed since March 7 while the underpass was widened to create a better line of sight from the Felke...

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Posted on: January 24, 2022

Resolution approved for use of e-bikes on Shawnee County trails

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TOPEKA, KAN. – Shawnee County Commissioners today approved a resolution authorizing the use of Class 1 and 2 electric-assisted bicycles on established e-bikes on Shawnee County Parks + Recreation trails. Operation of Class 3 e-bikes or ...

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