May 20, 2020 8:40 PM

Hutch Rec announces cancellations

Posted May 20, 2020 8:40 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After careful consideration and continued monitoring, Hutch Rec announced it has canceled the Stay to Play summer day camp and annual Smallville Festival.

Stay to Play day was originally scheduled to run 10 weeks. After several modifications and postponements, the Board of Commissioners — at the recommendation of Executive Director Tony Finlay — decided it was in the best interest of staff, parents and children to announce the cancellation of the camp at this time. Full refunds will be issued to those currently enrolled in the Stay to Play summer day camp.

Hutch Rec is now moving forward to work on offering an outdoor camp held at various parks in the city. An official announcement on these camps will be released at a later date.

Dillon Nature Center’s Summer Adventure Camp is still being offered on a modified schedule. For more details about sessions, visit or stop by the nature center at 3002 E. 30th Ave.

Hutch Rec also announced the cancellation of the annual Smallville Festival held on June 18 in Downtown Hutchinson because of the Reopen Kansas recommendations of limiting and/or postponing large gatherings and community festivals. This will also include the Smallville 5K and Super Hero 1-mile fun run/walk. Those participants enrolled in the 5K and 1-mile races will receive full refunds.

Ongoing details and updates will be shared with media outlets, on social media and at

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Area lakes will be busy this weekend


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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Along with the usual stormy weather in the forecast, it will be another full Memorial Day weekend at the two area lakes enjoyed by Reno County residents.

At Cheney Reservoir, the park office reports it has been sold out for several weeks now and that primitive camping is filling up too. All ramps and services are available and restrooms and showers are open. Officials ask that you practice good hygiene when in the bathhouses and bathrooms and to follow proper social guidelines. Cheney expects a weekend crowd of about 50,000.

At Kanopolis Lake, park officials say they are not only full for the holiday weekend, they are already taking reservations into the month of July. All campsites are sold out and most of the primitive camping is getting full. The office did say that beaches and playgrounds will be closed, as is the Venango Cove and Riverside campgrounds.

Kanopolis expects a crowd of around 15,000 for the weekend.