Parks & Recreation

The City of Washington provides park facilities to accommodate the needs and interests of local residents and visitors.  Whether you are into sports, nature or just want to take your children to the playground, the City of Washington is the place for you.

Come out and enjoy our facilities & amenities.

City Park

The City Park has two sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, two tennis courts, and two baseball/softball fields.  All fields and courts have lighting available for play after dark.

Munchkinland Playground

Built in 2000 by volunteers and paid for entirely with donations raised by the committee, our Munchkinland playground has lots of areas for the littles to play, including slides, swings, a Tot Town, and many more.  

Three covered shelter houses are available, complete with picnic tables, lighting, electrical outlets, and water hydrants.  They are a perfect place to host an outdoor gathering!  First come, first serve, as we don't do reservations.

It took $90,000, 42,000 screws, six miles of lumber, 14,000 volunteer hours and one Kansas community coming together to construct Munchkinland playground in Washington’s City Park. A coordinating committee, aided by Leathers and Associates, Inc., worked for more than a year on organizing the construction of the playground, fund-raising events and gathering donations.

The playground, which has a Kansas/Oz theme, has a poppy field entrance, Emerald Castle, tornado slide, witches castle, monkey trapeze, tunnels, mazes, swings, an enclosed play area for toddlers and many other features including accessibility for the disabled.

"The Wizard of Oz related to Kansas," said Denise Powell, co-coordinator. "To have the mayor and his wife as former residents of Washington makes it a fitting theme."

Some of the playground’s decorative features include the red poppies at the entrance, flying monkeys on the witch’s castle, the wicked witch inside the castle and the Wizard of Oz characters on the playground.

donor wall

Persons wanting to add their name to the donor wall at the playground may do so at a cost of $125 per brick. Each brick may have up to three lines of type with each line having no more than 16 characters. For more information contact Washington City Hall, P.O. Box 296, Washington, KS 66968 or phone 785-325-2284. Proceeds from brick sales go towards the yearly maintenance.

Munchkinland Fitness Trail

Located around the edge of Munchkinland, the Fitness Trail was funded in part with a grant received from the Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansas.  The grant, along with some memorial money, was used to construct the trail, a handicap accessible walking path that begins just south of the KSDS facility and leads down around the city park. 

The trail includes 12 fitness stations located along the path  for those individuals who wish to increase the intensity of their workout.  The path also features lighting in order to enhance the safety and usability of the trail.  The goal of this walking trail is to encourage citizens to remain active and include some form of exercise in their daily activities. 

Washington County Fairgrounds

Washington is proud to be home to the annual Washington County Fair, located at the fairgrounds.  Other events held at the fairgrounds include the annual Washington County Rodeo, the annual July Fourth celebration, along with many others.

Jayhusker Racing hosts auto races every summer at the Washington Speedway, also located at the Washington County Fairgrounds just south of US Highway 36.

Fishing

Washington is proud to be home to the annual Washington County Fair, located at the fairgrounds.  Other events held at the fairgrounds include the annual Washington County Rodeo, the annual July Fourth celebration, along with many others.

Jayhusker Racing hosts auto races every summer at the Washington Speedway, also located at the Washington County Fairgrounds just south of US Highway 36.