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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Dog swims set for Aug. 11 and 15

Golden retrievers in pool during Dog Swim

TOPEKA, KAN. – The ever-popular season-ending dog swims are set for Aug. 11 at Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center and Aug. 15 at Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center. The events run from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $5 per dog and all dogs must be vaccinate...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Seasonal amenities switch to weekends only beginning Aug. 6

Mini-train at tunnel w engineer waving

TOPEKA, KAN. – With the first week of school set to begin, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s seasonal amenities switch to weekends only beginning Aug. 6. 

  • The Gage Park mini-train and carouse will be open Saturdays a...
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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 fr...

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Posted on: July 27, 2022

With school starting, aquatic centers and pools will close Aug. 7

Dad w boys on slide

TOPEKA, KAN. – With some school districts starting school Aug. 10 and 11, and college students heading back to campus, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation aquatic centers and pools will close after Aug. 7. Dornwood and Jackson Spray Parks...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

KDHE lifts blue green algae watch from Lake Shawnee; canoes, kayaks added to rentals

Paddle boat and kayak

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has informed Shawnee County Parks + Recreation that it has lifted the blue green algae watch from Lake Shawnee. As a result, canoes and kayaks have been added to the available rentals...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Summer issue of The Guide now online

The Guide Summer 2022

Summer issue of The Guide now online

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Summer issue of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s The Guide is now online at parks.snco.us. The issue features the May 28 date for opening pools and aquatic centers, the...

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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: July 1, 2022

Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove open to paddle boating only

Mom and son on trike

TOPEKA -- As KDHE has lowered Lake Shawnee's status to a blue green algae watch, the Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove is open beginning July 1 for paddle boat and water trike rentals only. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards will not be rented so as to keep patro...

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Posted on: May 12, 2022

Shawnee County Parks + Recreation prepares to open seasonal amenities

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Spray parks open May 14; pools and aquatic centers open May 28; Gage Park mini-train and carousel begin daily operation May 28

TOPEKA, KAN. – As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation prepares to open its warm...

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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Summer Camp registration opens at midnight March 1

Boys in Corcl watercraft

Summer Camp registration opens at midnight March 1

TOPEKA, KAN. – Registration for Shawnee County Parks + Recreation Summer Camps opens at midnight March 1. Registration forms can be found at https://parks.snco.us/8/Day-Camps for SCP+R&a...

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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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