The Public Lands and Facilities Department provides leadership in maintaining the beauty of McPherson.
Their work includes nurturing over 300 acres of city parks and public right-or-ways. Blooming flowers, luscious green grasses and family playgrounds entice visitors to seek temporary respite while giving residents a reason to stay.
Fifteen parks offer fishing, fitness trails, jogging paths, picnic shelters, skateboarding, disc golf and more. Hess Park was built by community volunteers and houses modern handicap accessible playground equipment. The Kids with Dreams Playground at Lakeside Park is also designed for disabled children. Recent equipment updates are the result of a fundraising campaign spearheaded by a team of four elementary students - children who reflect our community's giving spirit.
No matter what the season, all are invited to explore McPherson's beautiful parks.
Bremyer Dog Park • 1000 S. Centennial
McPherson offers a recreational area for furry friends too! Bremyer Dog Park is an off-leash park where dogs and their owners can socialize and play. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, both with Bermuda grass open space and shaded areas.
Challengers Park • 300 E. Kansas
Located directly west of the McPherson Fire Department, Challengers Park is the perfect place to play a catch-up game of basketball. Tennis courts are located on the south side. A picnic area and playground are available across the street at Linnea Park.
Downtown Plaza • 100 E. Marlin
The Park Department works collaboratively with McPherson Main Street on the upkeep and usage of the Downtown Plaza. The outdoor community center is utilized for a variety of outdoor events in the heart of downtown shopping and entertainment district.
Hess Park • 1503 Canturbury
Built by community volunteers, Hess Park covers seven acres and is in close proximity to the Meadowlark Trail head. The neighborhood park offers a playground for pre-school and school-age children. Select playground equipment is handicap accessible.
Homeside Park • 1302 Crescent
Best know for its t-ball and coach pitch practice field, Homeside Park is located in a quiet neighborhood. A small playground and shaded bench area is also available. If you're looking for a traditional park setting in a small town, you will definitely want to check out Homeside Park!
Lakeside Park • 500 W. Lakeside Drive
Located in the heart of McPherson, Lakeside Park offers many possibilities for recreation, reflection and family fun. Amenities include six picnic shelters, three playgrounds, one handicap accessible playground, a disc golf course, Swan Court fountain, a garden bridge and a fishing lagoon.
Linnea Park • 301 E. Kansas
A picnic shelter and playground at Linnea park offer great places to create family memories. The park also plays host to the annual Marathon featuring Olympic-style games for youth during All Schools Day.
McPherson Water Park • 511 W. Lakeside Drive
Swimmers will find 600,000 gallons of fun at the McPherson Water Park. Amenities include a 500-foot lazy river, giant water slide, deep diving area, 50 meter pool with 8 lanes and a children's spray area. The Water Park is open Memorial Day through mid August.
Memorial Park • 300 W. Kansas
Paying tribute to McPherson County veterans, Memorial Park features a gazebo, arbor, fish pond and monuments. The statue of General James Birdseye McPherson for whom the city and county were named was dedicated on July 4, 1917.
Oak Grove Park • 112 S. Lakeside Drive
Beneath a grove of trees is Oak Grove Park, the perfect location for a family picnic. A paved walkway leads to Wall Park where one will encounter Mingenback Lake, several playgrounds, an exercise trail, baseball and softball diamonds and a skate park.
Sunflower Trail Park • 101 S. Eby Sunflower Triangle Park represents a cultural feature area in McPherson County. In the late 1800s, the location housed a train depot on the outskirts of the City of McPherson. The site, located near McPherson College, offers a picnic area for travelers.
Tall Grass Park • 1001 Turkey Creek Drive
Nestled in the Turkey Creek housing subdivision, Tall Grass Park offers a neighborhood park featuring toddler-age playgrounds, a gazebo and a 1/10 mile walking track. Local families and their visitors benefit from the secure area surrounded by beautiful flowers and tall grasses.
Wall Park • 401 S. Park
Consisting of 60 acres and bisected by four-acre Mingenback Lake, Wall Park is McPherson's largest park. Park amenities include an exercise trail, tennis courts, handball courts, baseball and softball fields, picnic shelters, playgrounds, a skate park and public restrooms.
Whitlock Park • 500 S. Park With funds donated by a local family, Whitlock Park created as a play area for neighborhood children. It is located adjacent to Wall Park where patrons will find picnic shelters, tennis courts, additional playgrounds, a skate park and an exercise trail.
Wickersham Park • 301 W. Kansas
The grassy empty block referred to as Wickersham Park was occupied by the first high school, which was converted to Wickersham Elementary in 1939 and served the community until 1982. The site now hosts the annual All Schools Day carnival.