Parks and Recreation
Dickinson County is a beautiful place to live. In addition to charming communities with historic homes and tree lined streets, there is an abundance of parks, sports complexes, swimming pools, trails and outdoor spaces, perfect for families and those who enjoy outdoor recreation.
The Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Museum and parks create a central area for residents to enjoy being outdoors. There is Little Ike Park where visitors can see an intricately designed statue of the youthful president and in Eisenhower Park there is a lovely rose garden, pool, fountain, skatepark, and sports facilities.
Avid and recreational golfers can spend the day enjoying the sunshine and striving for that elusive hole-in-one in one of the county’s three golf courses. In Chapman, the Indian Hills Golf Course is open to the public, beautiful, and also has a new clubhouse with a fitness center.
In the summer, the Central Kansas Free Fair is one not to miss. It is the largest in the state. This family-friendly event offers educational activities and entertainment for all ages, including the Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo, which has been frequently voted one of the top outdoor rodeos.
This golf course consists of two Par 3's, five Par 4's and two Par 5's and plays to a maximum distance of 3168 yards with a course rating of 36.0 and a slope of 122 over 9 holes. Two sets of men's tees and a single set of ladies' tees create an enjoyable test of golf for players of all abilities. The practice area at the facility includes a separate putting green. Food and beverage options include a restaurant with full service bar.(https://www.salinagolf.com/abilene)
Located north of Abilene High School on Mulberry Street, this quiet park is great for small family reunions and birthday parties.(https://www.abilenecityhall.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Bicentennial-Park-2)
Located south of the Abilene Community Center, the complex contains four fields used for youth baseball, softball programs, and various youth tournaments. This location is home to the Abilene High School softball.(https://www.abilenecityhall.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Bill-Gravette-Sports-Complex-3)
Located in Abilene, the Central Kansas Free Fair is one of the largest in the state. This family-friendly event offers educational activities and entertainment for all ages, including the Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo, which has been frequently voted one of the top outdoor rodeos. Join us for family fun in Abilene!(http://www.ckff.net/)
Two softball fields and one baseball field, located at the end of East 6th Street. The Daryl Beemer Ball Complex is an excellent place to play ball, built in 1991. All-lime fields and cement dug-outs with covers. T-Ball, coach pitch, softball, and baseball. Games for boys and girls ages 5 through 18 and men’s slow pitch and fast pitch softball held from the end of May to the first part of August. Playing nearly every night. Shelter and picnic tables along with large concession stand.(http://chapmanks.com/activities/darylbeemerball-complex/)
It contains the following sports facilities:
- Abilene Skate park
- Abilene Municipal swimming pool
- Bill Gravette Sports Complex
- Lighted volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts
- Ted Power baseball diamond
Fishing pond and walking path • Herington, KS(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Father-Padilla-Park/194475693927957)
Indian Hill Golf Club is a public-access daily fee course located in the town of Chapman, Kansas which is located in the East-Northeast part of the state halfway between Salina and Topeka on I-70.(http://chapmanks.com/activities/indian-hill-golf-course/)
The 18-hole "Chisholm Trail" course at the GreatLife Golf & Fitness At Chisholm Trail facility in Abilene, Kansas features 6,568 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Jon Thayer, Sr., the Chisholm Trail golf course opened in 1999. GreatLife Golf & Fitness manages this facility, with Krista Lough as the General Manager.
The Old Abilene Town Gunfighters is a non-profit organization of men and women volunteers that strives to recreate a rowdy day in an old west cowtown. Through improvisational gunfights, speaking on local history, and teaching a little gun safety we educate and entertain the public.(https://www.oldabilenetowngunfighters.com/)
All the City Parks and Cemetery are taken care of by the Herington Street Department.(https://www.cityofherington.com/pview.aspx?id=29440&catID=547)
The pool opens Memorial Weekend to Mid August.
Swimming for all ages.
Located in City Park, East 2nd Street.