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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Hill's Bark Park reopens for use while work continues

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Hill's Bark Park in Gage Park to reopen for use while work continues

TOPEKA, KAN. – Hill’s Bark Park in Gage Park will reopen for use Friday, March 4 while work continues in the park. It is possible that the park may have additional closures as a shade structure is installed and as sod or grass seed is put down in the park. Full work on the park is expected to be completed later in the spring when a ribbon cutting will be held.

Thanks to a $175,000 gift from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., the bark park has doubled in size. A new fence has been added along with new lighting and irrigation to help maintain the turf. Still to be added are a shade structure, benches and other amenities.

Any questions should be directed to Chris Curtis, project manager and park planner, 785.251.6877 or email


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.

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