Prairie Park Directions

2700 Ponderosa Drive

The City established the Chaparral Playlot in 1975 after purchasing the area through a tax sale. Incidentally, that same tax sale allowed Lawrence to acquire Naismith Valley Park.

After an increasing need for another park in the growing area, Lawrence built the Playlot. Prior to Chaparral’s creation, Edgewood Park and Broken Arrow Park were the only parks nearby.

Tucked within a neighborhood, this two-acre park is a natural gathering spot for people of all ages. The open space has playground equipment, basketball court and benches creating space for both play and rest.

The amenities of the park include:

  • Basketball court
  • Playground equipment
  • Benches
  • Water fountain

There are no shelters located in Chaparral Park.

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.