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Garden City parks

Published 5/2/2012

Recreation parks

HorseThief Reservoir

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Brad Nading/Telegram Ruben Villatoro, 11, left, and Ariana Sanchez, 11, take advantage of temperatures in the 50s in January to ride their bicycles along the winding path of Forest Park Lake, 11th and Emerson streets.

Brad Nading/Telegram Ruben Villatoro, 11, left, and Ariana Sanchez, 11, take advantage of temperatures in the 50s in January to ride their bicycles along the winding path of Forest Park Lake, 11th and Emerson streets.

What: HorseThief Reservoir is Hodgeman County's premiere water dam that checks in at more than 7,200 feet long and about 86-feet high while holding 2.5 million cubic yards of dirt. With boating, camping, skiing, swimming, fishing, hunting, and an area for picnics, HorseThief Reservoir has something for everyone. The camping area opened for the season on April 15, and features 42 campsites with water and electricity. However, there still are some areas under construction, so be sure to watch out for those designated areas.

For those fishermen out there, there is plenty of opportunity to catch catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye.

Where: 514 W. Kansas Highway 156, near Jetmore

Contact: (620) 357-6420

On the Web: www.horsethiefres.com/index.htm

Scott State Park

What: With 55 campsites that include electricity and water hookups, the Scott State Park is an ideal vacation spot that welcomes nearly 150,000 visitors per year.

There is plenty to do at Scott State Park, including a swimming beach and playground area that offers a concession building that stocks camping and fishing supplies. The park also offers canoe and paddleboat rentals for those with a more active lifestyle.

Hunting and fishing areas also are offered by the park. Public hunting is allowed on a wildlife area that is located west of the park while private hunting is accepted with the permission of the landowner.

The lake is home to various types of fish including catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, trout, black bullhead, bluegill, green sunfish and redear sunfish.

There are nature trails for hikers. Horseback riding is permitted as the park offers a horse camp area with a watering facility and hitching post.

Where: 101 W. Scott Lake Drive, Scott City KS, 67871

Contact: (620) 872-2061

On the Web: kdwp.state.ks.us/State-Parks/Locations/Scott

GPS: N38 40.765 W100 54.720

Garden City parks

Finnup Park (500 block of East Maple Street)

Size: The largest park in Garden City, Finnup Park is 110 acres.

What you will find:

Lee Richardson Zoo

The Big Pool

Finney County Museum and Historical Society

Clint Lightner baseball stadium

Fansler and Cleaver softball fields

Finnup Center for Education

Six picnic shelters

Horseshoe pits

Three playgrounds

Four basketball courts

Futsal court

Walking/Biking trails (Connects to Peebles Complex)

Deane Wiley Park (2406 N. Campus Drive)

Size: 20 acres

What you will find:

Three softball fields

Quarter-mile walking track

Basketball court, with a practice wall for tennis or handball

Playgrounds

Three picnic shelters

A. Harold Long Park (Spruce and Evans streets)

Size: 6 acres

What you will find:

One-third mile walking track

Playground

Plaza area

Born learning trail (Connected to walking track), Center for Children and Families (Grant)

Finnup-Scout Park (Eighth and Thompson streets)

Size: 2 acres

What you will find:

Basketball court

Playground area

Ayala Park (216 Taylor Ave.)

Size: 1.15 acres

What you will find:

Picnic and playground area

Basketball court

Lions Park (2503 N. Third St.)

Size: 1 acre

What you will find:

Playground area

Basketball court

Rotary Park (Third and Johnson streets)

Size: 6 acres

What you will find:

Baseball practice field

Talley Trail runs on north side

Santa Fe Park (Santa Fe and 13th streets)

Size: 1.4 acres

What you will find:

Baseball practice field

Playground

Stevens Park (Spruce and Main streets)

Size: 2.6 acres

What you will find:

Bandshell

Mall area

Walking around perimeter of park

Wildcat Park (1706 E. Fair St.)

Size: 1 acre

What you will find:

Playground

Gazebo

Dog Park (Campus Drive and Fulton Street)

Size: 2.6 acres

What you will find:

Small and large dog-fenced areas, shade and benches

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