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FOD appointed a seven person Dornwood Complex Committee to develop with SCP&R staff a 5 year plan for the ball complex, nature area, mountain bike trails, and recreation areas.  The purpose is to submit to the SCP&R Advisory Board and the County Commisioners a workable plan to improve Dornwood in all areas of the park.  The FOD Board recognizes that after one year of the consolidation of the Topeka and Shawnee County P&R that it is time for the multifaceted Dornwood to have specific plans and funding to implement the FOD mission for the underserved park.

Public input will be encouraged in order to educate residents on how the park will help the community in the areas of youth resources, education, recreation and crime prevention.  If you are interested in having your voice heard as to the needs of Dornwood, please LIKE  Friends of Dornwood on FB and leave your comments on this website under contacts.  Please place FOD Improvements in the subject line.




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.

FOD January Meeting

FOD Board and members will meet Saturday, Jan 19th, 9:30AM at the Echo Ridge Community Center, 2025 SE Market St.

Discussions will be on the baseball season, renovations, and sponsorships.  Also, how FOD can help in defraying the cost to youth through scholarships so any boy or girl can participate. 

The history of Dornwood and how it can be preserved will also be on the agenda.

Hope to see you there!


FOD Board announces Membership Plans for 2013

The FOD Board urges all interested persons to join FOD for 2013 by obtaining a memberhsip.  All members will receive the quarterly digital newsletter Discoverying Dornwood.  A newsletter full of many of the things that make Dornwood unique.

Make Checks payable to: Shawnee County Parks Foundation with Friends of Dornwood in memo field.  Mail to SCPF  3137 SE 29th, Topeka, KS 66605

Senior/Studen Membership $15.00 Annual
Family/Individual $25.00 Annual
Charter $100.00 Annual and Free Birdhouse Unpainted/Weblisting

Eagles in the future of Dornwood?

Topeka Audubon Society brought the idea of installing an eagle nesting platform to the Friends of Dornwood Board.   With Dornwood Park located along Deer Creek between Lake Shawnee and the Kansas River, this may be an ideal site to attract a nesting pair of eagles. These birds, our national symbol, have increased over the last 30 years and are even fishing, fairly often, on Lake Shawnee and the Kansas River. TAS members are researching the idea and seeking partners to make this happen.

The partnerships of interested organizations is what make FOD such a great part for our community.  Discover Dornwood and soon you might be able to add a nesting pair of eagles on your list of discovery. 


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: