Archive for Friday, September 3, 2010

Park on former Menninger grounds in Topeka opens Saturday

September 3, 2010


— Just minutes from downtown, the state is opening a new park that has miles of trails, abundant wildlife and a boat ramp on the Kansas River.

The Kaw River State Park will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday by Gov. Mark Parkinson.

But before that, there will be the inaugural Kaw River Run, a four-mile run and two-mile walk with entry fees going to the adult education program of Let’s Help of Topeka. That starts at 8 a.m.

After the park dedication, the new boat ramp will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m., and a canoe flotilla will paddle down the Kansas River to the Great Overland Station on Kansas Avenue.

The park, under development since 2007, is at 5630 SW Sixth Ave. — at the former location of the Menninger clinic, which moved its operations to Houston.

The Kaw River State Park is a day-use park that is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


ryknow1976 7 years, 5 months ago

A park on the old Menninger's grounds. You'd be crazy not to go...

ryknow1976 7 years, 5 months ago

Then he won't be pleased. Then he will be again. Then he won't be. Then he will be IF his ankle feels better.
Ever think maybe that placed closed a little too soon for Brett's good?

sad_lawrencian 7 years, 5 months ago

Aaah this is where my crazy ex-girlfriend went when she said she was moving to Topeka.

sustainabilitysister 7 years, 5 months ago

The Menninger clinic was a great asset to the eastern Kansas community. The establishment helped a lot of people and began to lift the veil of stigmas associated with mental illnesses. I look forward to visiting the park in the future.

Bill Lee 7 years, 5 months ago

I had a friend who lived on the Menninger grounds. Her father was on the staff and was provided a house.

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