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I grew up playing at Broken Arrow Park as a toddler, eating at church functions in the shelter, playing baseball on the field every week, climbing up the rocket ship (that has since been dismantled) and I even did my Eagle Scout Project in the park. In the spring of 2013, I chose this location to take off for my first hot air balloon ride in our company balloon where we floated over the University of Kansas and landed behind the USD 497 main office. The broken arrow is a symbol of peace and became the name of this 20 acres that was donated in 1961 through the Department of the Interior adjacent to Haskell University. Located at 31st and Louisiana, this park is regularly used for school mud volleyball, the Lawrence Horseshoe Club using 16 lighted courts, picnic areas to eat and fly kites, three ball fields, numerous swing sets and the annual 48 contestant Sertoma BBQ in May that qualifies the winner for the state American Royal (see link below). To the north are South Middle School and Broken Arrow Elementary, to the east is Haskell, to the south across 31st is the Baker Wetlands and soon to be the K10 bypass completion and to the west is the Indian Hills subdivision where I grew up. On the SE corner is the Wakarusa Township Fire Dept at 300 W. 31st. There are other city parks that are larger in acreage, but this one rivals all with its openness and the other open space around it.