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This page contains information on county parks in Douglas County, Kansas.

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County Parks


Black Jack Highway Park - Photo 6Black Jack Highway Park
Located on US 56 Highway, approximately three miles east of Baldwin City, the Black Jack Highway Park is maintained by the Kansas Department of Transportation to commemorate what many say was one of the first battles of the Civil War that took place nearby in 1856.

An authentic log cabin is situated in the park and contains many antiques from the Santa Fe Trail era. A small footbridge and trail connects the park to the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve, located immediately south, containing evidence of wagon ruts carved into the prairie as part of the Santa Fe Trail.
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Black Jack Highway Park - Online Gallery Details' page.
Broken Arrow Park - Photo 2Broken Arrow Park
Located at the intersection of 31st and Louisiana Streets in the City of Lawrence, Broken Arrow Park is maintained jointly by Douglas County and the city. Facilities include a ball diamond, shelter houses, restrooms, playground, picnic areas and a field used for various activities including soccer.

The property the park is situated on was given to Douglas County by the federal government.
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Broken Arrow Park - Online Gallery Details' page.
Chicken Creek Arch Park - Photo 1Chicken Creek Arch Park
The historic Chicken Creek Arch is located ½ mile east and 1 ¼ miles south of the town of Lone Star at 780 E. 850 Road. The arch was built in 1913 by B.F. Metsker and I. Babb at a cost of $170.25. The crossroad drainage structure was placed on the National Register in 1990.

Nearby parking and a handicap-accessible walkway make for easy access to view the structure in its restored state. An observation platform and stairway allow viewing of the arch as well as comparisons with the modern culvert located immediately to the east.
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Chicken Creek Arch Park - Online Gallery Details' page.
Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve - Photo 1Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve
Located adjacent to and immediately south of the Black Jack Highway Park the Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve contains some of the best preserved and managed native prairie in Douglas County, Kansas. The preserve is maintained by the Douglas County Department of Public Works under the direction of Dr. Roger Boyd of Baker University.

The site is well known for containing evidence of the wagon ruts caused by travel along the Santa Fe Trail.
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Ivan Boyd Prairie Preserve - Online Gallery Details' page.
Lone Star Lake Park - Photo 10Lone Star Lake Park
Lone Star Lake Park is located approximately 10 miles southwest of the City of Lawrence. The lake was built in the early 1930's by the Civilian Lone Star Lake Park Conservation Corps (CCC). Facilities include:
  • Campsites - some with electric hookup
  • Restrooms with showers - at campground
  • Camp Host - on site
  • Playground - includes volleyball net
  • Swimming beach - no lifeguard on duty
  • Fishing - with permit only
  • Boating - with permit only - ramps available
  • Water skiing - only on dates specified in regulations
  • Shelter areas - for picnics and group gatherings
Campsites are available on a "first come first serve" basis. No advance reservations may be made. Please contact the Camp Host upon arrival. For Lone Star Park Rules and Regulations, you may pick up a pamphlet by visiting the Public Works Office 1242 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044, by calling (785) 832-5293, or by viewing it online at the '
Lone Star Lake Park Rules & Regulations' webpage.To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Lone Star Lake Park - Online Gallery Details' page.
Pearson Memorial Park - Photo 1Pearson Memorial Park
This park is situated on E. 2000 Road, one-quarter mile south of US 56 Highway and is said by some to be the actual site of the Battle of Black Jack.

The park contains a sheltered picnic area as well as a plaque containing the names of persons that fought in the battle.
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Pearson Memorial Park - Online Gallery Details' page.
Robinson Park - Photo 4Robinson Park
Robinson Park is located on the north side of 6th Street, between the south ends of the Massachusetts Street and Vermont Street bridges over the Kansas River, in the City of Lawrence. The park commemorates the founding of the City of Lawrence with a plaque containing the names of persons making the journey westward under the auspices of the New England Emigrant Aid Company in 1854.

The small park area overlooks the Kansas River and is maintained by the City of Lawrence with flowerbeds and park benches.
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Robinson Park - Online Gallery Details' page.
Wells Overlook Park - Photo 6Wells Overlook Park
Wells Park was donated in 1971 to Douglas County by William Wells. The park is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. A picnic area with tables and shelter are available. Also on site is a small playground. An observation tower offering a great scenic view of the City of Lawrence is the park's main focal point.

The park also contains a short nature trail for hiking. Follow the winding entry-road to the top of the hill to enter the parking lot. The park is located 3/4 mile east of US59 on the south side of County Route 458 (N. 1000 Road).
To view an online gallery of photos for this park, please visit the 'Wells Overlook Park - Online Gallery Details' page.