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The Gardner Parks and Recreation Department strives to establish, preserve and manage public parks and facilities that offer a variety of leisure opportunities to benefit and enrich the quality of life for the people of the community.Select a park from the listing below to learn about the park/facilities and amenities each park offers for the enjoyment of you and your family.

If you would like to reserve a park or facility, click here to submit a facility request. Reservations can also be made in person at the Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center located in City Hall, 120 E. Main Street, Gardner, KS. Reservations for shelters, pool and pool shelter rentals must be made and paid for 72 hours in advance.  Reservations for the Senior Center must be made seven days in advance.  NO reservation will be made or accepted until it is entered into the computer by the Parks and Recreation staff, you have signed the Waiver of Liability, and all applicable fees are paid in full. (Please note:  No reservations will be made for park shelters after 12:00 p.m. on Fridays for the weekend following. Staff needs adequate time to prepare shelters and be given assignments.)  Shelter, Ballfield & Senior Center Reservation Policies (pdf)

Any individual or group wanting to charge admission for attendance to an event or sell an item or product at a park shelter or other City of Gardner facility must receive written consent from the Director of Parks and Recreation or their designee, and additional charges and fees may apply to the rental. The City of Gardner and the Gardner Parks and Recreation Department reserve the right to refuse rental activities that are not of good character, illegal, or may be detrimental to the facility.

Gardner Parks & Recreation does not allow pets at any of our sports fields, including the baseball/softball and soccer fields at Celebration Park and the baseball/softball fields at Westside Park.

**Bathrooms in Gardner Parks: Annually, park bathrooms are open approx. from April 1- October 1- However, if there is a threat of freeze, they may open later than April. 1 and be closed earlier than Oct. 1. 
For Westside Park: The bathrooms at Westside Park are not open unless there are softball and baseball games being played.
 **A portable toilet can be rented for use at an additional charge and by request. 
Please make your request and pay for a portable toilet at least one week in advance to give staff time to order and schedule delivery of the toilet. 

This 55-acre wetland is located at South Waverly Road. It serves three equally important purposes. First, it may improve the quality of water in Big Bull Creek and Hillsdale Lake by reducing the nutrient load from the water discharged from urban and rural land. Second, it functions as an outdoor classroom, providing educational and observational opportunities for area schools, organizations, and individuals. The enhanced habitat for wetland plant and animal life offers a unique blend of nature, ecology, and conservation in a wetland environment. Finally, the project mitigates losses of wetland habitat. For questions or security concerns about the wetland please call (816) 654-1499 during normal business hours.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has provided notice that blue-green algae appears to be in one of the wetland cells located at the KCPL Wetland Park.  Please be advised that people and pets should avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Features available at the KCPL Wetland Park:

  • Shelter Power
  • Walking/Jogging Trails
  • Shelters/Picnic Areas

 

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