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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Memorial plaque at Gage Park carousel to honor Billy “Lu” Griffiths

Young girl riding Gage Park carousel


TOPEKA, KAN. – A memorial plaque honoring long-time Topeka/Shawnee County Parks + Recreation employee Billy “Lu” Griffiths will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at the old-fashioned carousel in Gage Park. Family and friends will be on-hand. 

Griffiths held a number of positions during his 40-year career, finishing as facilities supervisor for SCP+R. His most beloved project was the carousel which he worked hard to keep running for the children and families who loved the ride.

Griffiths began his career with the City of Topeka Parks & Recreation Department in October of 1978. He remained with the department through the merger of the city and county parks and recreation departments and retired from SCP+R in June of 2018.

The plaque reads:

Dedicated to the Memory of

                                                                                                                                       Billy “Lu” Griffiths

                                                                                                                                          1960-2021

                                                                                                               Lu was a dedicated and selfless employee for 

                                                                                                                       Parks & Recreation from 1978-2018.

                                                                                                         He was a devoted team member and park supervisor.

                                                                                                        Lu spent much of his time at Gage Park where he was

                                                                                                      able to care for the carousel which was his pride and joy.

                                                                                                         Through his dedication, our community continues to 

                                                                                                                    enjoy the merriment of this carousel.

The vintage carousel was built in 1908 and houses a Wurlitzer style band organ. Riders on the carousel’s horses and carriages can enjoy a view of the Von Rohr Victorian Garden adjacent to the carousel. Admission to the carousel is $2 per person. The carousel is open from noon to 6:30 p.m.

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