Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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July 2017 29 Families enjoy the traditional carousel in Topeka's Gage Park. ruling paved the way for integration not only in schools, but also in other public places, and was a major victory for the civil rights move- ment. The Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site is a must-see historic site in Topeka. "It is located in the original school building that has been com- pletely restored to what it looked like in the mid-1950s," said Bell. "The museum has a lot of interactive components like video that helps you experience all the history that was made here," said Saunders. The city of Topeka is working on building a new downtown civic plaza, essentially a food-and-beverage district. It will feature a stage, green space, outdoor dining, a fountain and an ice rink in winter. It should be completed by early 2019. "They expect to have about 300 days a year of programming, ranging from concerts on a stage to art shows to food trucks and more," said Bell. NoTo, which is a local acronym for North Topeka, is the site of an eclectic arts district. Galleries, shops, a brewery and various restau- rants are located there, according to Bell. "It is definitely a fun place to go to, especially on First Fridays when they have the art walk and a lot of other activities," he said. Saunders touted Topeka's many outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. "We have a lot of trail options in the city, and we have Lake Shawnee, which was named by the travel website Expedia as the best place to see in Kansas in 2017," she said." It includes the lake and gardens and the seven-mile trail around the lake. The Yacht Club will let you join in with sailing, and you can rent canoes and paddleboats, too. "If anyone is coming here for a meeting and they bring their kids, there are many kid-friendly things for them to do in Topeka," said Saunders. That includes places like the Kansas Children's Discovery Center and its interactive exhibits, the Going Bonkers entertainment center or Gage Park, where kids can hop on a merry-go-round or visit Topeka Zoological Park, just to name a few.

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