Wichita Parks

Over 80 park and recreation areas offering everything from beautiful settings for picnic lunches to pony rides.

about wichita parks

The Wichita area features over 80 park and recreation areas offering everything from beautiful settings for picnic lunches to pony rides for the kids. Most Wichita parks are open year-round for endless hours of family entertainment. The following are descriptions of three featured parks in the Wichita area.

riverside park

The three separate parks in the Riverside Parks System form the heart of the Wichita Parks. The parks are located along the beautiful Arkansas River, one of the few places in the area where water can be found. The parks feature a wildlife exhibit, boat ramp, playgrounds, stage and tennis courts.

O.J. Watson Park

This former sand pit area has been landscaped and developed to provide a "water park" with fishing and boating facilities, picnic areas, hayrack rides, campfire circle and playground areas. The lake is stocked every other week with 850 pounds of channel catfish to ensure good fishing throughout the summer.

WINTER HOURS: November 1 through March 16
8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily - closed on holidays
Rides will not operate  until spring hours begin.

SUMMER HOURS March 17 through September 30
8:00 am - 10 pm daily
Rides will operate 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm weekdays
Rides will operate noon to 8 pm on weekends

FALL HOURS: October 1 - 31
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
Miniature golf, train, pony rides and pedal boats will be operated from Noon until dark on weekends only.

Herman Hill Park

A wooded park on the banks of the Arkansas River in South Wichita. Herman Hill features a children's play area, 18 holes disc golf course, a neighborhood police substation and a water treatment demonstration project.