Monthly Archives: October 2012

Message Center Installed at Dornwood Trailhead

New Message Board at trailhead seems to be a hit with everyone.  The SCP&R purchased and installed the new message center and Friends of Dornwood members will maintain it with current information  The message center has a map of the trails, with a much improved one being developed.  One of the comments that we hear so often is that users wish the trails were marked.  That is one project that FOD is working with other groups to have the trails, both bike and hiking, marked.

The message center also gives some information of what you will see in your discovery of the trails.  Just another improvement in helping others Discover Dornwood.

Successful First Discover Dornwood Day

On Saturday October 20 the first annual Discover Dornwood Day was organized at Dornwood Park. During this day Friends of Dornwood invited people to enjoy the park and showcased some of the ideas for the future of the park. Thanks to all the people that stopped by to watch or play a game, adopt a birdhouse, let their dog run around in the bark park or enjoy the trails. A big hand also to all the people that worked hard to make this possible and to our sponsors.

Click on the photo gallery below for an impression of the day.

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Discover Dornwood Day Activities

The schedule for today’s Discover Dornwood events:

  • All Day (9:30-3:30): Food vendors - Hot Air balloon - Multi use / handicap / Braille trail – Bark Park - Picnic area
  • 9:30-11:30 Birdhouse adoptions
  • 11:00 Exhibition Softball Game (Dornwood Girls Softball Association)
  • 01:00 Exhibition Baseball Game (Highland Park Baseball Association)

Discover Dornwood Day, Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM at Dornwood Park.

Hundreds of volunteers have spent the past several months cleaning up the Dornwood Park nature area.  A diverse group of interested citizens from area Neighborhood Improvement Associations, local schools, mountain bike enthusiasts, baseball and softball teams, Topeka Audubon Society, hikers, nature lovers, Shawnee County Parks & Recreation, and SCPR Foundation have teamed up to bring back Dornwood Park to its former glory. This 128 acre park offers space for all of these special interest community groups to enjoy quality of life outdoors in our community.

Saturday’s event will include tethered hot air balloon in the morning, girl’s softball exhibition game followed by boy’s baseball exhibition game, hiking trails and opportunities to adopt one of 50 bird houses. Various activities run until 3:30 PM. Families attending are encouraged to adopt a birdhouse Saturday. Please fill out the form here to register to adopt a birdhouse. The birdhouses were built and painted by volunteers.   The materials for the birdhouses were supplied by Lowe’s.

A concession will be operated by the Highland Park Baseball Association serving pulled pork sandwiches and grilled hamburgers, chips and soft drinks.  Kettle Corn and Nathan’s Hot Dogs will also be available.

Memberships to Friends of Dornwood available and donations accepted.

Sponsors for the Discover Dornwood Day are:



Adoptions Available at Discover Dornwood Day Saturday 10/20

There are still a number of birdhouses available for adoption on Saturday, October 20th.  To participate just come to Discovery Dornwood Day at the park between 9:30 – 11:30AM.  You will be able to place your birdhouse with help from the Topeka Audubon Society.

CJ Online: Dornwood Park supporters seek birdhouse adoptions

On October 1, 2012 CJ Online published an article announcing that Friends of Dornwood is looking for people or organisations to adopt birdhouses. The adoptions are needed for 50 painted birdhouses to be placed in the park.

The full article can be found here: Dornwood Park supporters seek birdhouse adoptions


Birdhouse Adoption now Open!

As of this moment the application for adoption of the Bluebird Birdhouses is open!! Click on the link below for more information on the adoption requirements and the adoption form.

Birdhouse Adoption Application

There are only 50 birdhouses available, so act fast!