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Rivers Banks Orchard Park
The park, named for a Civil War veteran and early Reno County pioneer who founded an orchard on the site that bore his name for generations, is being developed over several years. Included in the initial phase are restrooms, an entrance road, some parking, lighting and the playground. The nonprofit Shane’s Inspiration helps design and build playgrounds where children with disabilities could play alongside able-bodied playmates.
Winwoods Enchanted Playground is the 51st Shane’s Inspiration playground in the United States but the first such playground in Kansas. The park includes special slides, swings and a teeter-totter, fantasy characters such as a dragon that will spray children with a light mist of water when they press his belly button, artificial tree trunks carved to look like woodland trolls, and xylophones the children can play. And it’s all surrounded by a fun, sponge-like safety surface on the ground.
With continued funding, the next phase includes adding the park’s loop road, additional parking, and lighting. The road will provide access to a fishing pond farther into the 72-acre park. The master plan also includes future features such as inner and outer loop trails connected to the city’s larger trail system, a disc golf course, athletic practice fields and a pavilion that can be rented for group gatherings such as family reunions, weddings or company picnics.
2911 East 43rd Avenue
Sand Hills State Park
The varied landscapes of 1,123 acres of sand dunes, prairie woodlands, and wetlands are waiting to be explored. Three hiking trails, including the Cottonwood Interpretive Trail, and five horse and multi-use trails invite visitors to enjoy the wonders of nature year-round.
Two wildlife observation blinds allow visitors to observe nature in action. Parking and walk-in entrances to the park are located east of Highway 61 on both 56th and 69th Streets.
A campground has been established with 64 utility sites; 44 sites have water, sewer, and electricity; 20 sites have just water and sewer. All sites have 50 amp service, a fire ring, lantern stand, picnic table, and upright covered grill. There is a four unit family shower building/restroom. The campground surrounds a five-acre pond stocked with mainly channel catfish.
Archery hunting for deer and turkey as well as upland game is allowed by special permit.
East of K-61 on 56th and 69th Streets
Trail access $3.50/day per person
Annual pass $12.15
Cheney State Park
Sailing, fishing and boating is just minutes away at Cheney State Park & Wildlife Area. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or an adventurous afternoon, Cheney State Park has a variety of outdoor activities.
Along the east and west shores on the south end of picturesque Cheney Reservoir, Cheney State Park offers 203 electric/water hookup campsites, tent camping, a motor boat marina, swimming beaches, boat ramps, fishing jetties, and nature trails. There is a group camping area with 20 camp-sites providing electric and water hook up. There are also nine modern cabins open to the public on a rental basis.
Ideal sailing conditions that include brisk, prevailing winds make Cheney Reservoir one of the Midwest's most enviable spots for sailing.
CHENEY STATE PARK
24 miles south of Hutchinson
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Visitors will find relatively lush vegetation of the east blending into the more arid grasslands of the west.
The Refuge hosts several special events during the year, including Monarch Mania in September. This annual event features netting the beautiful butterflies, tagging, and then releasing them to fly the rest of their journey to Mexico.
28 miles west of Hutchinson on 4th Street
1434 NE 80th Street | Stafford KS 67578
Natural beauty combines with lighted pathways and bridges to offer visitors a relaxing, fun, and memorable experience. The Emerson Carey Memorial Fountain - lighted at night during summer months - adds to the picturesque ponds and waterfalls where many types of water fowl that have adopted the park can be found.
For those in the mood for activity, there are several well-equipped playgrounds, while those looking for sport will find golf, baseball, soccer, sand volleyball, basketball, fishing, frisbee golf and a skateboard park among their choices.