On The Garden Path

Park in Kansas has been helping families make memories for more than 100 years

| November 2007

When Guilford Gage died in 1899, his heirs donated what had been the family farm - 80 acres of land on Gage Boulevard between Sixth and 10th Streets - to the City of Topeka (Kan.). That gift was the beginning of Gage Park.

The deed stated that the park was for 'the benefit of the health, comfort and recreation of the citizens of Topeka and their friends.' More than 100 years later, it continues to be a place of enjoyment for the public, and has since grown to 160 acres.

Featured attractions

Victorian gardens surround a pond in the Hazel M. Von Rohr Victorian Gardens. In the center of the pond, a galaxy fountain makes a great focal point. It's very relaxing to stroll around the garden paths, looking at the beautiful scenery.

Dedicated to the memory of E.F.A. Reinisch - Topeka's first park superintendent - the Reinisch Rose Garden contains approximately 400 varieties of roses, totaling more than 6,000 plants. The rose garden is a popular location for weddings between May and October, when the roses are in full bloom.

T.F. Doran - a Topeka attorney - headed the fundraising drive for the realization of the Doran Rock Garden through private donations. It was dedicated in 1930, and it, too, is available from May through October for wedding ceremonies.

Some of the best musicians in northeast Kansas take part in the Band Concerts in the Park events on scheduled summer evenings. People bring lawn chairs and sit under the big shade trees to enjoy the rich sounds of the featured band.

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