Skip To Content

Lakeside Park improvements underway

City Press Releases, Parks and Recreation

March 1, 2022

PITTSBURG, KS – Lakeside Park, which is now over a hundred years old, is going to receive some major renovations over the coming months. A brand new three hundred-foot sidewalk will be added to the park, along with new playground equipment.


Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department Director Toby Book has been hard at work the last several weeks, heading both operations to introduce updated walking space and playground equipment to the park. After receiving the two grants last year, Book set his sights on Lakeside Park as his newest project.


“These projects show the importance of having the opportunities to secure additional funding through the grant process to help make improvements to the parks,” says Book.


There are two grants funding this project. The first, which will help pay for the new sidewalk, is a Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP) Grant from the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks. The second is The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Waste Tire Grant, which repurposes old tires to make new things, such as playground surfacing systems.


The sidewalk itself will span the northern shoreline of the lake, east of the playground. This will help making navigating the shoreline a lot easier for visitors of the park.


After receiving the grants last year, construction on both projects started in early January. Book is hopeful they will both be complete towards the end of spring, making them ready for the public to use when summer starts.


New playground equipment plus better sidewalks will make Lakeside park and even more beautiful place for the citizens of Pittsburg to spend their time.



The mission of the City of Pittsburg is to provide exceptional services, facilities and activities with integrity, professionalism, excellent customer service and a commitment to economic vitality.