Named after longtime City of Wichita recreation employee Emerson McAdams, McAdams Park is known for recognizing influential Black Wichitans. A statue of Jackie Robinson was unveiled at McAdams Park in 2021 and several facilities in the park are named after community standouts, including the Antoine Carr basketball courts, the Barry Sanders football field and the Charles McAfee swimming pool.
Additionally, the McAdams Park community center is being renovated and renamed to the Carl G. Brewer Community Center after former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, who died in 2021. Brewer had a 14-year career with local government and served as mayor of Wichita from 2007 to 2015. He was the city's first elected African American mayor. The new center will highlight McAdams and his contributions to the park, as well as other community leaders, and the park name will remain the same to honor McAdams.
The park is more than 50 acres and is located in Northeast Wichita and is the home to League 42, a youth baseball league in Wichita.
The park has amenities such as charcoal grills, drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic tables and event space for rent. McAdams Park has an assembly area that has bench seating for 300 and one stage, an open shelter (56' by 28') and recreation center.
The kids can enjoy the playground or everyone can cool off in the newly renovated swimming pool (available for rent) that includes a water and toddler slide, multiple shaded areas, and other interactive water features.
Enjoy one basketball/multi-use court with no lighting or four Antoine Carr basketball/multi-use courts with lighting. Other courts include tetherball courts, six lighted tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts and Barry Sanders football field (available for rent) with lighting, bleachers and scoreboard.
The park houses the city's first artificial turf baseball diamond and added restrooms and concession stand in 2017. The baseball diamond (south) is fenced with lighting, players dugout, bleachers, and concession/restroom building. The softball diamonds (west and east) are both fenced and have lighting, players dugout, bleachers, dirt in diamond and concession/restroom building. Both fields are available for rent.
The park is also part of the Canal Hike and Bike Trails, which is a 4.9-mile trail that runs underneath and alongside the I-135 Canal Route. The trail begins at 17th Street North and ends at Stafford Street (north of Pawnee).