There are three parks within the city limits, with City Park located at Third and Main. This is the largest park with facilities for picnics and barbecues, public restrooms, as well as a large playground area with newly added equipment for the children. Many family and class reunions have taken place here over the years.
Everett Rowden Park is nestled into a residential area at Tenth and West City Limits. This park also includes a picnic shelter with barbecue grills and plenty of open room for a game of Frisbee or tag. Playground equipment includes a basketball court and the old-fashioned merry-go-round and some swings. This park was dedicated to Everett Rowden, a former City Superintendent, in 1987.
Smith Pioneer Park is located at Eighth and Main and provides a welcoming atmosphere with a central gazebo and sitting benches for those who enjoy the serenity of nature. The gazebo has been used in the past as the stage for a summer wedding. This park was donated by Aldora (Smith) Parsons and family, the previous resident of this lot. rn
Cool off on those hot summer days at the Hugoton Municipal Swimming Pool. Zip down the water slides, splash in from the diving boards, or relax on the side of the pool. A great way to escape the heat of the summer.rn
While you’re visiting Larned, visit Schnack Park. Take in the fresh air amid the greenery of the Park. A spacious swimming pool is also available to take away summer’s heat. Pack a lunch, view the fountain and relax in our picnic area. Ride the “Schnack Express” train for free on Sundays in Schnack Park.rn
The newest city park, Whistle Stop Park, runs parallel to the railroad tracks of Elkhart and covers 23.5 acres.
Located along Highway 56, it allows walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers access to over a mile and a half of asphalt paths. It is this park that has become the talk of the state as far as community involvement and usage.
The city currently has five city parks in it’s care. Cunningham Park is located at the North-Western end of Morton Street. This park is geared towards pre-teen and teen users with tennis courts, and a basketball court. The City-Library Park, located on Kansas Ave next to the Morton County Library is geared towards toddlers and grade school children with its many slides and swings it often welcomes families looking to get out in the sun and fun. Coronado Park located just off of Baca Ave on Cimarron Road is a small multi-purpose park with swings, and other multi-age playground equipment areas. Swimming Pool Park is where the Municipal Pool is located and offers visitors everything from horse shoe throws to areas where children may go and romp and play on many slides and ladders.
Elkhart boasts its own semiprofessional baseball team, the Dusters, sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Promising, hopeful players descend on the community each summer to play, practice and live with local families.
The Dusters attract fans of all ages and even scouts from the pros while they keep the summers alive with the excitement of baseball.
Prior rn to Tornado Disaster – May 4, 2007
Kiowa County State Lake is a 21 acre lake with fishing, picnic, camping & rest areas. rn
Sunshine and fresh air abound at Loucks Municipal Park, two miles west of Lakin on U.S. HWY 50. Donated by Charles A. and Rhonda Loucks in 1950, Loucks is an 80 acre park that is home for the Kearny County Saddle Club and Rodeo Arena, Kearny County Fairgrounds, and the Louck M Park Golf Course. Golfers, don’t pass up the chance to play this excellent 9-hole golf course, referred to as one of the finest municipal courses in Kansas.rn
While enjoying your stay in Lakin, stop and relax at Lakin City park. With a swimming pool, basketball facility, and a playground, everyone is sure to be pleased.rn
Beymer Water Recreation Park offers a variety of activities for the outdoorsman. Swimmers may cool off at the designated swim beach, while picnickers enjoy a barbecue on the many tables and grills. A covered picnic shelter is available for large parties. Reservations may be made at the County Clerk\’s Office, Kearny County Courthouse.
Fishing is a favorite pastime, with anglers seeking to catch a channel catfish or black bass stocked by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission. Fishing licenses are available locally and juveniles 16 years old and under fish free.
Overnight campers can relax in the fee area that includes electrical hookups for $10.00 per night, or can \”rough it\” in the primitive camping area. Hot showers and flush toilets are available at no charge.
Bird watching and people watching can be enjoyed, with an abundance of local species to be seen.rn
Hodgeman State Lake & Wildlife Area is located 4 miles east of Jetmore on Highway 156, then 2 miles south. The State Lake measures 87 acres, which are periodically dry. When water is present the lake is stocked. The Wildlife Area encompasses 254 acres. Camping is allowed and boat ramps are provided.rn