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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Hills Bark Park temporarily closed Nov. 11-Dec. 31


TOPEKA, KAN. – Hills Bark Park in Gage Park will be temporarily closed for construction Nov. 11 through Dec. 31. The construction is to replace and enhance the main entrance to the park. Fencing will be temporarily removed to allow for pouring a new concrete area at the entrance.

A $175,000 sponsorship from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. to the Parks For All Foundation, is enabling Shawnee County Parks + Recreation to double the size of the dog park. Hill’s Bark Park will be expanded to create more space for the large and small dogs. The large dog section will extend into a rarely used ball field in Gage Park while the small dog section will grow in footprint to what is currently the large dog section. The expanded Hill’s Bark Park will have two separate parking areas as well as a new entrance in the small dog area and two entrances in the large dog area. Other new additions will include new fencing, new shade structures in the large dog section and new LED lights. Lastly, irrigation will be added to help maintain the existing turf. 


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.