Finney County Wildwood Park

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  1. Wildwood Park

    Physical Address
    293 Wilderness Drive
    Garden City, KS 67846

Wildwood is a 130-acre family‐friendly park, setup right next to the Arkansas River in Garden City. 

Spend the day fishing, have a picnic by the waterside, camp a few nights, or drive your ATV over and hop down into the riverbed for some off‐road adventure.

We welcome visitors year-round for fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Wildwood requires a fee and permit for vehicle entry as well as overnight camping. While primitive campsites with picnic tables are available throughout the park, Wildwood also has 10 designated utility hookups for RV campers.

County Public Works staff contributed many hours to preparing for the opening of the park and have already made plans for expanding outdoor activities and amenities in the near future. “We’re excited for a disc golf course, horseshoes and tournaments, and the possibility of a cross‐country course, to name a few things in the works,” says Angie Schmitt, Parks Coordinator. “We were even contacted by the local Renaissance Festival event sponsors to potentially host an official Renaissance Festival in 2021.”

As we continue to identify the needs of our campers and visitors, we will grow Wildwood Park into the fishing, camping, and recreational park that best serves Finney County. 

We appreciate your feedback to help us better serve you. 

If you need assistance or have questions about Park rules and regulations, please call our staff at the Public Works Office, available Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

In the case of any emergency at Wildwood Park, please call 911. 

Thank you for your support!

Creation of the Park

Wildwood Park is a former rock quarry, once mined by the Finney County Public Works Department. After all the rock was mined out for road projects, the area became known as a pit, and somewhat of a dumping ground for miscellaneous and unused equipment.

Over the years, rains filled the empty sand pits with water in several locations across the 130 acres, leaving ponds full and creating a good habitat for fish.

In 2019, Roger Calkins, Director of Finney County Public Works, began to see a new vision for the area. He gained approval for the concept of the park, and he and his staff began cleaning up the area, creating RV parking spots, clearing campsite locations, and working with state and local agencies on everything it would take to create this park.

Calkins says, “We’re excited to offer the opportunity for people to fish in a local pond. We also realize water is a valuable local resource that should never be taken for granted. With that in mind, we have designed Wildwood to grow as we bring new experiences to the park.”

Naming of the Park

Wildwood was named after the historic "Wildwood" house in Garden City, known as ’the place for parties and social events’.


"Wildwood," built in 1888 by I. R. Holmes, was located in the 900 block on the west side of Main Street (now the site of Plaza Medical Center). It was the most elegant home in Garden City for many years - the place for parties and social events throughout the early 1900s. After the Holmes family moved, the home became the Garden City Sugar Company club house and later was the BPOE Elks Club when it was destroyed by fire in 1929.
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