Category Archives: Status Updates


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.

Dornwood Park Now Offically 128 Acres

Over the years people have been inquiring just how big is Dornwood Park.  The City of Topeka listed correctly 111 acres.  That was the cities portion, which included the two baseball fields south of SE 25th St and the nature area.  In fact the park was used in the 70′s for hay production for the Topeka Zoo.  The upper prairie was call Elephant Field and grew a special grass especially for the Zoo elephants.  This area is being proposed for one of the future butterfly/bird gardens as well as a stroller/handicap/braille nature trail.

The Highland Park Baseball Association and USD 501 owned the property and baseball fields to the North of SE 25th St.  The HPBA owned 5.64 acres and USD 501 owned 11.2 acres.  In order to consolidate the park under County control the HPBA and USD501, negotiated the transfer of ownership.  This action did more than increase the size of the park, it brought the Friends of Dornwood Group to become a part of the Shawnee County Parks Foundation.  Thus Dornwood was assured of perpetual maintenance and development into the future.  The black line on the photo above shows the new park boundaries for the 128 acres.  Gage park is 160 acres by comparison so you can compare the emenseness of Dornwood.  It will take many volunteers and organizations to Bring Dornwood Back!  Find out more here!

Tremendous turnout first Clean-Up

We had a tremendous turnout for the April 21st Clean up Dornwood. From little-ones to retirees, they showed up by the scores to bring Dornwood back. Thanks to all who participated!

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