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Many Topeka parks are getting upgrades

Eleven parks in the Topeka area are getting new playgrounds and other upgrades this year.

The Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s Master Plan calls for upgrading five to eight parks per year. Parks including Betty Dunn, Betty Phillips, Giles, Little Oakland and McKinley have seen upgrades ranging from concrete walking paths to new basketball courts, shelters, picnic tables, benches, trash cans and new park signs.

Additionally, a $256,000 grant from GameTime has stretched to 11 the number of parks receiving new playground equipment: Austin, Childrens, Central, Collins, Eastborough, Eastgate, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hughes, Major Palm, Meadowood and Willow.

Clarion Woods Park improvements include shore stabilization, increased access to fishing area, dredging the pond and replacing the overflow drain tube at the north edge of the pond.

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Though social distancing guidelines prohibit the use of playground equipment right now, many other amenities parks offer are usable, such as walking paths and hiking trails.

For more information visit parks.snco.us.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

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