Broken Arrow Directions

2800 Louisiana St.

The Department of the Interior donated this 20-acre park in 1961 to the City, School District, County and Township as part of a parcel of land.

The Haskell Institute (now known as Haskell Indian Nations University) held a contest for the park’s name in 1959, and Devore Thompson, a student at the school, won with his naming proposal of Broken Arrow. His entry essay described how the broken arrow stood for a symbol of peace, which the City deemed an appropriate name for the new park. Thompson won $50 for his first-prize entry.

Broken Arrow Park, located at 31st and Louisiana streets, is a heavily used park with many purposes. Besides the traditional picnic area usage, the park features 16 lighted, state-of-the-art horseshoe courts, which are available for recreational use. The Lawrence Horseshoe Club conducts numerous tournaments at this facility including the Kansas State Pitching Championships. Broken Arrow Park also has three fields used for softball and baseball.

Group events are often held in the spacious park. On the County side of the park, near 31st Street, there is additional area that is used for mud volleyball and team sports.

Broken Arrow Elementary and South Junior High schools border the park to the North.

The City of Lawrence’s Parks and Recreation Department entered an agreement in 2002 with Douglas County to maintain the entire park, which includes mowing and other maintenance of the entire park and its facilities.
The amenities of the park include:

  • Playground Equipment
  • Baseball/Softball Fields (one lighted)
  • Lighted Horseshoe Courts (18 courts)
  • Sand volleyball Courts
  • Open Space
  • Tennis court

There are 3 shelters located in Broken Arrow Park. One of the shelters can be reserved through the Parks and Recreation Department. Its capacity is 100-120 individuals.

The amenities of the shelter include:

  • Lights
  • Electricity
  • Barbecue grill
  • Benches and picnic tables
  • Drinking fountain
  • Restrooms

If you are looking to reserve an outdoor shelters and/or indoor facility, reservations 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, Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane and the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

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