L.R. "Dad" Perry Park

WEST - 1200 Monterey Way          NORTH - Harvard & Parkside Road
Dad Perry Directions
HISTORY
The park, which was purchased in 1967 with Housing and Urban Development matching funds, is named in honor of the "Father of Gymnastics in the State of Kansas," L.R. “Dad” Perry.

Perry was a teacher and coach in the Lawrence School District and a member of the City of Lawrence Recreation Board. At the time of the purchase, the west side of the park was not in the city limits. Initially, U.S.D. #497 held 10 acres at the northeast corner of the park for an elementary school, which has since been sold.

DESCRIPTION OF PARK
The 45-acre park is filled with naturally wooded areas, native grasses, and includes nature trails that wind throughout the park. In addition, two large park shelters with restrooms and parking are available that allows families and groups to reserve for picnics or events. “Dad” Perry Park provides activities with its playgrounds and sand volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts. Moreover, there is sufficient room to play football, softball, soccer or throw Frisbees on open fields. During the winter months, the hills in “Dad” Perry Park have been utilized for snow sledding.

The amenities of the "Dad" Perry Park West include:
  • Basketball Court
  • Playground Equipment
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Tennis Court
  • Access to Trail System
  • Restroom Facilities


The amenities of the "Dad" Perry Park North include:
  • Soccer Field
  • Open Area for Recreational Activities
  • Playground Equipment
  • Access to Trail System
  • Restroom Facilities


SHELTERS
There are 2 shelters located in "Dad" Perry Park, which may be reserved for use.

The amenities of the shelter at "Dad" Perry West include:
  • Capacity for 48 individuals
  • Lights and Electricity
  • Barbecue Grill
  • Tables and Benches

The amenities of the shelter at "Dad" Perry North include:
  • Capacity for 90 to 100 individuals
  • Lights and Electricity
  • Barbecue Grill
  • Tables and Benches



Reservations for outdoor shelters and indoor facilities are taken at any of the community recreation centers including the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive and South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Massachusetts St.

See our shelter rentals page for more information on renting these facilities or call (785) 832-7920.

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