The Shawnee County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-0 on September 4, 2014 to approve the renaming of Adams Parks for former Topeka City Councilwoman Betty Dunn. The park is located at 3300 SE Adams St.
Ms. Dunn was a councilwoman from 1995-2003 and is former president of the Hi-Crest Neighborhood Improvement Association. Additional accomplishments include: served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Community Resources Council, Community Action, Boys Club, Senior Citizen Advisory Council, Chamber of Commerce Women's Division, Topekans Against Crime, YWCA, served on a Judicial Nominating Committee, as a delegate to the World Leadership Conference, co-chaired a Child Abuse and Neglect Program, served on the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, was secretary for the Community and Economic Development Advisory Council, was a Juvenile Probation Court volunteer, a president of Highland Park High School Scots Club, was in the Silver-Haired Legislature and an American Business Women's Association member.
Ms. Dunn received a Good Neighbor Award from the Topeka Association of Neighborhoods, was Outstanding African-American Woman of the Year for the Midwest, received the African History Drum Majors Award, Community Action Velma Paris Humanitarian Award, Americans with Disabilities Act Award from Topeka Independent Living, People's Choice Best of Topeka City Council award of the Topeka Capital-Journal, and was a delegate at the Kettering Foundation World Leadership Forum.