With Memorial Day approaching, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation prepares to open warm-weather amenities

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Shawnee County Parks + Recreation prepares to open its warm weather amenities:

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

Spray Parks

Dornwood Spray Park, 2500 SE Highland, and Jackson Spray Park SE, 8th and Lake Street

Open: May 14

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission: Free

Aquatic Centers 

Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center (Closed June 3-5 for Topeka Swim Association Beach Bash)

Midwest Health Aquatic Center

Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center

Open: May 28 (Aquatic centers and pools open Saturday of Memorial Day weekend every year)

Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. daily

Admission: Adults $7, Children (Age 2-12) $6, under age 2 free

Community Pools:

Garfield Pool: Age 2 and older $2, under age 2 free

Hillcrest Pool: Age 2 and older $2, under age 2 free

Oakland Pool: Age 2 and older $2, under age 2 free

Rossville Community Pool: $3 for adults (13 and older), $2 for youth (2-12), under age 2 free

Open: May 28

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m.

Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove:

Open: May 28

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Monday 

Paddleboats: $8 one-hour rental
Paddleboards$8 one-hour rental
Canoes: $8 one-hour rental
Kayaks: $8 one-hour rental
Floating Playground: $8 per person per hour 
Gage Park mini-train and carousel:

Open: Weekends until May 28. Daily beginning May 28.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until May 28. Noon-6:30 p.m. starting May 28.

Admission: $2

Aquatic Center closure dates:

  • Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center will be closed June 3-5 for the Topeka Swim Association’s annual Beach Bash swim meet.
  • Midwest Health Aquatic Center will be closed on July 31 for Midwest Health’s company day
  • Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center will close at 4 p.m. on June 29 for the NOTO Rays swim meet.


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 enable 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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