Parks & Recreation

The Peabody City Park is located at the West end of Second Street. The park has playground equipment, picnic areas, the municipal swimming pool, the Jr/Sr High School football field and is home to the annual Fourth of July celebration.

The City Park has an interesting history. The Peabody City Park was first owned by the Marion County Fair Association. The State Fair was held on the grounds in 1885. There was an exhibition hall built with three wings and a race track equal to none other in Kansas. The grandstand would seat 2,000 people. Dining services and food to feed 10,000 people each day were brought from Emporia by train.

Santa Fe Park is located at the South end of Walnut. The park has picnic areas and a gazebo which hosts summer concerts. The park is also home to the Doyle Valley Farmer's Market, held every Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Mission of Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission is to provide recreational opportunities and services to the patrons of Unified School District #398 for the enjoyment of recreational activities.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Rachel Wattson Swimming Pool Manager

Peabody Recreation Commission Board of Directors

Russ Busenitz



Chance Elliott

Aide to the Director

Tyler Entz

Aide to the Director



Megan Gallucci

Vice President

Jimmy Philpott


Brian Simmonds


Randy Talkington