The City of Emporia Parks Department provides maintenance for eighteen neighborhood Parks, numerous playgrounds, shelter houses, tennis courts, fishing ponds, and the Jones Aquatic Center; and operation of the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia.
All Veterans Memorial
The All Veterans Memorial, constructed in 1991, includes a major walkway with individual monuments lining it.
Buck Fund Dog Park
The Buck Fund Dog Park, located at 2920 West 24th Avenue in Dryers Park has been a true collaborative effort between the City of Emporia, The Responsible Dog Owners Group, and the support and generosity of our park donors.
C of E Park
C of E Park is located on part of the grounds of the original College of Emporia campus, which encompassed an area from 12th to 15th Avenues and Chestnut to Lincoln Streets.
In the northwest corner of the City, surrounding the Water Treatment Plant, is 40-acre Dryer Park. Access to this area is from 24th Avenue.
Eastside Memorial Park
Previously known as 9th and East Park, this tract is located south of 9th Avenue between East Street and Lakeview Street, bordered on the east side by a railroad right-of-way, and by residences along East Street.
Located north of the Santa Fe tracks, between Union and Exchange Streets, is Fremont Park. This 2.6-acre site is one of Emporia's original two township parks; therefore enjoying historical and cultural significance in the development of our Park system.
Located in the north-central part of Emporia, south of 18th Avenue and more or less between Merchant and State Streets is Hammond Park, one of the City's major parks.
Jones Youth Recreation Park
Jones Youth Recreation Park is situated in the northwest part of the City between Prairie and Lincoln Streets, and Memorial Lawn Cemetery and 24th Avenue. One of Emporia's major parks, it covers 70 acres.
Lakeview Park is located west of Lakeview Street and south of 9th Avenue. The size of this plot is 1.5 acres.
Las Casitas Park
Las Casitas Park is a 2-acre site located on the north side of South Avenue at Arundel Street. Las Casitas has been adopted by the Mexican-American culture of Emporia to serve as the site for their festivities and various improvement projects.
Jones Aquatic Center (Northwest Park)
Purchased in 1998, this 80-acre tract was formerly the site of a feedlot. The decision made by the City Commission to purchase this land indeed seemed prudent, since Emporia’s growth is towards the northwest and the City also needed a suitable site for the location of a new aquatics center.
Peter Pan Park
Peter Pan Park is located on the south side of the City, between South Congress and South West Streets from Kansas and Randolph Avenues south to the Cottonwood River. A small portion of the park is located south of the river.
Quaker Park can be found on the southeast corner of 1st Avenue and Sylvan Street. Another small "neighborhood" park, it covers 0.6 acres.
Reeble Park, located just west of the Emporia Country Club, was made possible in part by funds received from the Jane and Bernard Reeble Foundation and features six pickleball courts.
Soden's Grove Park
Soden's Grove Park is located at the south end of South Commercial Street and is bordered on the north by Soden Road and on the south by the Cottonwood River.
Lorenzo Delgado Sports Complex (Southwest Santa Fe Park)
The northwest corner of South Avenue and West Street is the location of Southwest Santa Fe Park, formerly known as Lion's Field Park.
Urbanside Park, formerly known as Hinshaw Park, is a 1.3-acre site located in eastern Emporia, bounded by Elba Street, Whildin Street and 5th Avenue.
Walnut Park is situated on the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and Walnut Street. A small neighborhood park, it covers 0.6 acres.
White Memorial Park
White Memorial Park, located at the corner of Sixth and Merchant Street was once the site of the K.P. and L. general office.
East of Whittier Street and south of 9th Avenue lies Whittier Park. Covering approximately 13 acres, this land was obtained through arrangements with Unified School District Number 253, as the land had been purchased as a site for a future elementary school.
Acquired by the City in 1964 for a fire station site, this was once the home of Woodland Dairy.