People in Topeka enjoying warmer winter weather at parks and tennis courts

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People in Topeka are taking advantage of today’s warm weather at parks and even at Washburn University, catching up on outside activities.

The Washburn tennis court is racking up dozens of people as they enjoy the much needed warmer weather. It was all love on the tennis court, where people are sweating off the holidays, and the cold weather.

“Why would anyone be anywhere else when it’s 60 degrees outside,” said Kurt Reid, who spent his day on the courts. “Than out on a tennis court at Washburn University.”

He said it’s been a while since him and his tennis ace could hit a backhand on the court.

“Not with the weather being the way it is,” said Reid. “It’s probably a month, it was before Christmas before we played.”

But tennis wasn’t the only outside activity people enjoyed today. In fact, dogs got a chance to enjoy the warmer weather.

Dogs and their humans soaked up the sun at the Gage Park Bark Park.

“It’s a great day to get them out of the house and burn off some of their energy,” said dog owner Sarah Fischer.

For Sarah’s dogs, they enjoy spending time in the sun and splashing in the water, getting away from the freezing weather.

“They don’t like it, at all,” said Fischer. “In fact, one of my dogs sleeps under the covers when he gets cold. But they just run when they go out, and come right back in. So they don’t get to burn a lot of energy. So they love coming here.”

People hit the tennis courts, took their dogs to the park and even drove around with the windows down.

After a cold, holiday week the sun finally made it’s way back to Topeka.

If you’re looking for ways to soak up the weekend weather we’ve got some ideas for you in Northeast, Kan.

You can visit Lake Shawnee in Topeka for boating and fishing. As well as activities such as camping and biking.

Gage Park in Topeka has outdoor activities such as the Topeka Zoo, Hill’s Bark Park and the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.

The Ted Ensley Gardens in Topeka is located near Lake Shawnee, and can be enjoyed during the warmer winter days.

If you want to hike a trail, Cedar Crest- the official house of the governor of the state of Kansas- is located right near the governor’s home.

You can always make a stop at Sunset Zoo in Manhattan.

The Manhattan River Trail is always a great stop as well.

The Gardens at Kansas State University offers 20 acres of plants. K-State Gardens is an educational resource for students and the public.

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