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FOD appointed a seven person Dornwood Complex Committee to develop with SCP&R staff a 5 year plan for the ball complex, nature area, mountain bike trails, and recreation areas.  The purpose is to submit to the SCP&R Advisory Board and the County Commisioners a workable plan to improve Dornwood in all areas of the park.  The FOD Board recognizes that after one year of the consolidation of the Topeka and Shawnee County P&R that it is time for the multifaceted Dornwood to have specific plans and funding to implement the FOD mission for the underserved park.

Public input will be encouraged in order to educate residents on how the park will help the community in the areas of youth resources, education, recreation and crime prevention.  If you are interested in having your voice heard as to the needs of Dornwood, please LIKE  Friends of Dornwood on FB and leave your comments on this website under contacts.  Please place FOD Improvements in the subject line.




FOD will have our May meeting Saturday, May 18th, 9:30 AM at Echo Ridge Community Center, 2025 SE Market St.  because of the construction on 21st St means you will have to enter on SE 13th St.

This is an important meeting where we will be discussing projects for both Nature Area and baseball/softball.

FOD January Meeting

FOD Board and members will meet Saturday, Jan 19th, 9:30AM at the Echo Ridge Community Center, 2025 SE Market St.

Discussions will be on the baseball season, renovations, and sponsorships.  Also, how FOD can help in defraying the cost to youth through scholarships so any boy or girl can participate. 

The history of Dornwood and how it can be preserved will also be on the agenda.

Hope to see you there!


FOD Board announces Membership Plans for 2013

The FOD Board urges all interested persons to join FOD for 2013 by obtaining a memberhsip.  All members will receive the quarterly digital newsletter Discoverying Dornwood.  A newsletter full of many of the things that make Dornwood unique.

Make Checks payable to: Shawnee County Parks Foundation with Friends of Dornwood in memo field.  Mail to SCPF  3137 SE 29th, Topeka, KS 66605

Senior/Studen Membership $15.00 Annual
Family/Individual $25.00 Annual
Charter $100.00 Annual and Free Birdhouse Unpainted/Weblisting

Eagles in the future of Dornwood?

Topeka Audubon Society brought the idea of installing an eagle nesting platform to the Friends of Dornwood Board.   With Dornwood Park located along Deer Creek between Lake Shawnee and the Kansas River, this may be an ideal site to attract a nesting pair of eagles. These birds, our national symbol, have increased over the last 30 years and are even fishing, fairly often, on Lake Shawnee and the Kansas River. TAS members are researching the idea and seeking partners to make this happen.

The partnerships of interested organizations is what make FOD such a great part for our community.  Discover Dornwood and soon you might be able to add a nesting pair of eagles on your list of discovery. 


Park Cleanup and Birdhouse Painting Saturday 9/22

Saturday, September 22nd, 9AM till noon, FOD will have park cleanup and painting of more birdhouses for Discover Dornwood Days on October 20th.  We are thrilled to have the Youth Volunteer Corp of Topeka (YVC) to join us in this effort with their “cleanup carnival”.  You and your youth are invited also.  It will be a morning of fun, games and work.  Plan to join this great event as together we Discover Dornwood.  Remember EVERYONE is invited.  SEE YOU THERE!!

Youth Volunteer Council of Topeka Paints Birdhouses

18 youth from the Youth Volunteer Council of Topeka and Deer Creek Apartments started painting the 50 birdhouses that will go up for adoption on October 1st.  These houses will be adopted at no charge, but must be installed and maintained by the adopter in Dornwood Park under the guidelines of the Topeka Audubon Society.

Discover Dornwood Day is Saturday, October 20th from 9:30AM till 3:30PM and will feature exhibition ball games, guided trail hikes, Better Park ideas and much more.  Don’t forget to mark the date, Saturday, October 20th.

Adoption information will be available at this website on Monday October 1st.  You don’t want to miss this great opportunity.