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Responsibilities

The Parks Division is responsible for maintaining and managing over 300 acres, including the city parks system, a 3-1/2 mile walking path, and grounds surrounding city office buildings and other public facilities. Andy Liebelt serves as the Public Grounds Superintendent, overseeing eleven full-time employees and six seasonal employees. The Parks Division is responsible for designing irrigation systems and landscaping areas for new projects as well as erecting new playground equipment in an effort to continually improve the parks system for all citizens of Garden City to enjoy.

Park Amenities
Garden City currently has 11 parks, which include 12 picnic shelters, 11 playground areas, four basketball courts, a Funshower Water Station, and four restroom facilities. Residents may also take advantage of the city's 3-1/2 mile walking/bike path extending from Hager Addition to the Tangeman Sports Complex. The city is very proud of Stevens Park, a three-acre park located in downtown Garden City on Main Street. It is home to a large bandshell with generous seating and is host to many of our annual events including the Summer Outdoor Concert Series, Beef Empire Days, and Art-in-the-Park.

The Garden City Parks Division is dedicated to providing the best park system possible by adding beauty and enrichment to the lives of all our citizens. In our endeavors, our goal is to help keep the "Garden" in Garden City.

Park Rules
  • Park hours are 6:00am to 11:00pm.
  • You must pick up and properly dispose of any litter in your area.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Do not dispose of hot coals in any trash receptacle.
  • Vehicles will not be permitted to travel or park in non-designated areas.
  • PA systems and/or sound equipment will not be allowed in Finnup Park.
  • All other City Ordinances must be observed.
  • Moonwalks or any inflatable games are not allowed on public grounds.

The City of Garden City reserves the right to give priority to annual public events that have an established history of use of our parks.  Failure to follow any and all Parks Department rules, including City Ordinances, may result in denial of reservation privileges in the future.

Shelter Reservations
Park facilities may be reserved at no charge - anytime Monday through Thursday and until 1:00 pm on Friday. Call (620)-271-1574 for reservations.
  • Weekend rental fees for April - September start at 1:00 pm on Friday and continue through 11:00 pm on Sunday. This includes holidays. 
  • All picnic shelters are $25, with the exception of Finnup Park #5, which is $50.00 and Finnup Scout Park, also $50.00. 
  • The charge for the use of Stevens Park is $100.00 year round. 
  • Rental rules for shelter #7 - northeast of the big pool - are posted below.
  • There is no charge for park picnic shelters January - April, and October - December.
  • Community events take precedence over private parties.
  • If you do not have an approved shelter reservation you are not allowed to use the shelter during stated reservation times. *Please respect those who have reserved shelters*
  • If the facility is not posted with a reservation, the public can use it on a first-come-first-served basis. However, if approached by a party with a reservation confirmation, please vacate immediately .
  • Moonwalks or any inflatable games are not permitted on City property.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on City property.
  • Regular park hours are 6:00 am – 11:00 pm.

Finnup Park Shelter 7 Reservation Policy
  • Garden City Recreation Commission reservation for May 23rd – August 9th, on Mondays – Thursdays 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Fridays – Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. may be made with GCRC at (620)276-1200.
  • Parks Department reservations for May 23rd – August 9th, on Mondays – Thursdays after 6:00 p.m. and on Fridays – Saturdays after 7:00 p.m. may be made through the City of Garden City at (620)271-1574.  
  • Weekend rental for April – September is $25.00. This includes holidays.
  • There is no charge for Park picnic shelters January – March, and October – December.
  • Community events take precedence over private parties.
  • If you do not have an approved shelter reservation you are not allowed to use the shelter during stated reservation times. *Please respect those who have reserved shelters*
  • If the facility is not posted with a reservation, the public can use it on the first-come-first-served basis. However, if approached by a party with a reservation confirmation, please vacate immediately.
  • Moonwalks or any inflatable games are not permitted on City property.  
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on City property.
  • Regular park hours are 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Please report any comments or concerns to the Parks Department at (620)271-1574.  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  If you need immediate assistance – please contact the Garden City Police Department (620) 276-1300



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