The Parks Division is responsible for maintenance of highly visible, well-used grounds and facilities that are a major contributor to the quality of life in Ottawa.


Forest Park in the northwest corner of the City, is notable for its mature oak and walnut trees and its array of recreational facilities. Included are a 475,000 gallon full size municipal swimming pool, 5 new lit tennis courts, 18 individual horseshoe courts, 1 basketball court, a lit baseball diamond and a lit softball diamond, a disc golf course throughout the park and four playgrounds including a “tots lot”. In addition there are three restroom facilities in the park. Forest Park hosts a number of community events each year, including the Ole Marais River Run (a custom car show), the Power of the Past Antique Tractor and Engine Show, and Chautauqua Days (a July 4th celebration). There are eight shelters all with electricity and a small grill. Two shelters may be reserved through the On-line Parks Reservation Form.


Kanza Park serves as a stormwater detention pond on the upper end of the Skunk Run drainage basin. It also has a hard-surfaced walking track almost a mile long, and lit with salvaged Victorian fixtures from early 20th Century Main Street (downtown). The trail around the park has been incorporated into community events and celebrations, including running/walking events and a luminary display during the Christmas season. A Disc Golf Course is also in the park. The park is adjacent to the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail. 

City Park which is home to the Carnegie Cultural Center, boasts a gazebo/bandstand used for summer evening concerts, weddings, and other similar events. The gazebo/bandstand can be reserved through the On-line Parks Reservation Form. City Park includes playground equipment, a pre World War II naval artillery, and an old historical cabin.


Haley Park at the intersection of 2nd and Main Streets, is home to a gazebo-like shelter and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. It serves as a focal point for downtown events.


Heritage Park located on the northeast side of town. It is located on Powhattan Street near Birch Street on land acquired by the City during the 1990s, and developed as a neighborhood park. This park boasts a walking track approximately 1/2-mile in length and a playground structure suitable for toddler to ten-year old children.


Freedom Park is a small neighborhood park on South Poplar Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets near the Don Woodward Community Center and the new Pickle Ball courts. 


Cox Field is a recreational complex which is home to the baseball programs sponsored by the Ottawa Recreation Commission. There are a total of 9 fields; 3 full size fields, 2 softball fields, 2 coach pitch fields, and 2 tee ball fields. The park includes two restroom facilities.

Walton Park is on Walton Street between Cherry and Burroughs Streets. This is a neighborhood park with a new playground set. It is among one of the most recent additions of parks in Ottawa. 

Goppert Teen Park is the newest park in Ottawa and has been a vision of the Play Task Force.  The park has skate ramps, a pump track, and half pipe.  There are also 3 full size basketball courts and a graffiti wall.  This park is situated between 15th Street and 17th Street just west of Main Street. 


The Prairie Spirit Rail Trail is a rail-banked right-of-way that has been improved by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks between Ottawa and Garnett. Trail enhancements in Ottawa include a paved walking/riding surface ten feet wide from the Old Depot Museum to 1st street and from 5th street to 23rd street, a bridge over the Marais des Cygnes River, and a Trailhead facility immediately south of 17th Street. The trail passes immediately beside the walking trail at Kanza Park.

Park Reservations Procedures 

Applicant Processing: 

1. Applications must be completed and returned to the Public Works Department at City Hall

    before a reservation will be finalized. 
2. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. City residents will have preference for park

3. There will be no fees charged for reserving Park Shelters. However, if admission will be

    charged or concessions sold, you will need to check with the City Clerk. 
4. There will be NO phone reservations. 
5. There is a minimum of 30 minutes between reservation times to allow for earlier users to

    clean area and to depart. 
6. The completed request will be forwarded to the Public Works Department for further

7. Following the resolution of any scheduling conflicts, an email confirming the reservation

    will be sent to the applicant.

8. Kanza Park reservations are available for Disc Golf events and Walk/Run Trail events, no

    shelter house is available at the site.
9. If your party is MORE than 200 people please CLICK HERE



Freedom Park
Kanza Park
Forest Park Brick Shelter
Forest Park SouthEast
Haley Park
City Park Gazebo