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Sports Center in Topeka brings back a par 3 golf course and entertainment

Perhaps best known for the signature dinosaur that greets guests at the entrance, Sports Center is a 54-acre family entertainment center that has been located at 6545 SW 10th Avenue in Topeka since 1972.

A Topeka family tradition, the business has undergone many transformations over its 50-year history and recently changed ownership.

Brothers Scott, Kurt, Brad and Brian Walker purchased Sports Center nearly a year ago in May 2021 from previous owners Stan and Sheryl Swanson.

“We’ve always wanted to do something together, us four brothers,” said Kurt Walker. “There’s not much to do outdoors in Topeka, so we wanted to bring a more tropical, amusement park feel.”

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Walker said that while Kansas City residents have many options close to home, Topekans are now required to travel outside the city for a modernized golf experience, and the Walkers would like to see that change.

The games section in Sports Center may be updated with newer games for people to enjoy under the new management.

Sports center expanding offer

Renovations have already begun on the 2,700-square-foot clubhouse, which includes a snack bar, indoor seating areas and a game room, with plans to update current gaming offerings. The Walkers recently applied for and received a liquor license that allows them to begin selling a variety of beer options, including Boulevard Brewing Company products, and are in the process of adding a slushie machine before the summer.

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