Whether your sport is baseball, hockey, cross-country, soccer, tennis, golf, skating, bowling, sailing, skiing or even skydiving, your needs will be answered. Topeka Parks and Recreation sponsors recreational programs for all ages and interests in 131 parks and greenspaces totaling 1,698 acres located throughout the city. Shawnee County Parks and Recreation oversees six regional parks and provides over 900 recreational programs annually. Lake Shawnee and its 700-acre park is an ideal location to swim, fish, boat, camp, golf, water-ski, sail or row.
More than 250,000 motorsports fans enjoy professional and amateur racing events annually at Heartland Park Topeka, which features a 2.6 mile road course, a 3/8-mile banked oval dirt track and a world-class drag strip. Between April and November, Heartland Park Topeka hosts the Annual O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, one NHRA Division 5 Race, and NHRA regional bracket races. Additional club racing weekends and track rentals also comprise the track’s racing schedule.
Topeka’s own indoor football team, the Kansas Koyotes, a member of the American Professional Football League, plays at the Kansas Expocentre each spring. The Topeka RoadRunners, a member of the North American Hockey League, also play at the Kansas Expocentre. Area residents and visitors enjoy marinas and campsites at five federal reservoirs located within an hour’s drive of Topeka.
Fitness plays a key role in the community. Topeka offers a variety of health clubs to fit your interests: nautilus, aerobics, free weights, tennis, racquetball or aquatics, with a personal trainer, classes or on your own.