Category: Parks


Markley Grove Park

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In November of 1910 the park was given to the City of Minneapolis by Israel and Mary Markley. To receive the gift the City of Minneapolis had to agree to name the park Markley Grove Park, keep the land as a public park and to not remove any trees.

The Park sits across the road from the town’s ball fields and fairgrounds and has the Solomon River running beside it. rn rnThe park is home to a newly renovated pool and pool house and various play equipment such as slides and swings. Recently a paved walking/biking trail and a gazebo were installed.

During the months of April through September public restrooms are available. rn rnThere are also three shelters equipped with bbq grills and benches and one building, named the Scout Hall due to the Boy Scouts that helped build it, all of which are available for rent. There is no charge for use of the shelters and may be used by anyone, so long as they are not marked are reserved.

RV camper spots, including 4 that have electric hook ups, are available for rent at $10/night.

For details about renting these and to make reservations please contact City Hall, 392-2176.


Hays F.E.E.T Trail – Walking/Hiking/Biking Trails

There are four locations in Hays to take advantage of walking trails, trek out on a biking path, hike along the creek or enjoy a leisurely walk. The Hays Medical Center Fitness Trail is located behind the Hays Medical Center (2220 Canterbury Drive) and just east of the employee/staff parking lot. This ¾ mile fitness trail is paved and winds up and down through a tree lined draw and through open grassy fields. Features include a gazebo, picnic shelter and several fitness stations to help increase agility and conditioning. Access to the southeast portion of this trail and the path along the Big Creek dike is located at the very south end of Allen Street. This trail can accommodate bicycles and continues approximately 2 miles on the southwest edge of Hays and through the Fort Hays State University campus as it follows along the banks of Big Creek. Venturing off the dike and down through the well worn routes of the Frontier Disc Golf sites provides access to pole bridges and stepping stone paths across the creek.

rnA walking path area is also maintained around the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site (O.W.L.S.) located behind O’loughlin Elementary School at 1401 Hall. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks initiated the O.W.L.S. program in 1991 to help increase student exposure to native wildlife and plant communities. This location has a walking path through a tall grass field and a passageway around the pond which is lined with tall cottonwood trees and remains in a natural setting for viewing wildlife. rn

Frontier Park

The area that surrounds Big Creek on the southwest edge of Hays at one time was part of the original Fort Hays U.S. Military Post. After the Fort was closed on November 8, 1889, this land became available and on March 28, 1900, the United States Congress granted the State of Kansas the right to dispose of the property. The law required the land to be used for a State University, agricultural experiment station and public park. For 79 years the park was operated under the auspices of the state. In 1979, the City of Hays assumed responsibility of the park, upkeep and development.

Today, Frontier Park is a very scenic natural looking recreational area with a creek that winds through the 89 acres of land. The park also features several walking trails, bridges, picnic and playground equipment, 4 shelter houses, 18-hole disc golf course, modern restroom facilities and plenty of large shade trees. On the west end of the park is the City of Hays buffalo herd and on the east end is the Dusty Glassman baseball complex.

City Parks

City Park boasts plenty of shade, a wonderful swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic area, playground, gazebo, auditorium, public rest rooms and several historical buildings that can be toured. In addition, you may camp with electricity at City Park free of charge. The City Park is located just south of the intersection of Highways 77 and 36.

Dargatz Park has a small playground for children, two baseball fields and basketball courts. Dargatz Park is located on 15th Street a few blocks north of Highway 36.

Lions Park has plenty of shade, a nice shelter for picnics and a playground. Lions Park is located at the intersection of 16th and North Streets.rn

Rafter Park

Rafters Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities in the scenic rolling terrain adjacent to Elkhorn Lake. Outdoor activities include swimming, softball/baseball, sand volleyball courts, miniature golf, fishing, and shelterhouses.

The park is the site for the Holton Municipal Swimming Pool which was built in 1936 as a WPA project. The 385,000 gallon pool is one of the largest in the region. Activities in the park are geared not only for individual outdoor use, but semi-organized activities as well.rn

Linscott Park

The City of Holton purchased the Linscott Park property from the Linscott family in 1928. the property was the site of the Linscott family home- Buena Vista. The terms of the purchase was that no “private enterprise” be allowed in the park.

Linscott Park is a neighborhood park with tennis courts, horse shoe pits, picnic shelterhouse and children’s playground, and the Veteran’s Memorial. The Park provides an ideal setting for family reunions and social gatherings.rn

C.H. Schneider Memorial Park

At the south end of Horton on Highway 159 and 4th street, on the west side of the road, is an unusual small park. This park was dedicated to C.H. Schneider, a bachelor, who in his lifetime gave more than generously to the needy and afflicted. On March 1, 1931, railroad officials and townsmen dedicated an elm tree to him. The mural at the park is a scene taken from a photograph of the Bourquins’ collection. The picture was taken from the Marsh viaduct (which has been removed) looking west and showing the depot and the Rock Island Park.rn