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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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JCPRD beaches & marinas start summer hours May 30
May 25, 2016

The coming Memorial Day holiday signals the end of the school year, opening of community pools and summer hours at Johnson County Park & Recreation District facilities. Here are the summer hours for two beaches and two marinas operated by JCPRD. The extended hours begin May 30 and remain in effect through Aug. 7.

Shawnee Mission Park Beach and Shawnee Mission Park Marina (located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa)

  • The beach will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The marina will be open from 9 a.m. to 7  p.m. daily (last rentals at 6 p.m.); it will also be open on weekends through Labor Day (Sept. 5)

Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe

  • The beach will only be open on weekends with Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m.
  • The marina will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Both marinas offer boat rentals, including pedal boat, canoe and kayak rentals. Shawnee Mission Park also offers paddleboards, which have a weight limit of 220 pounds. Patrons should be aware that while the Shawnee Mission Park Marina accepts credit cards, the Kill Creek Park Marina does not and neither facility accepts checks. Rental rates are listed in the Spring-Summer Activities catalog, available now, and on the district’s website at jcprd.com. Fishing permits are also available at both marinas. The marina at Heritage Park in Olathe will not be operating this year.

For more information during operating hours, call 913-888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, 913-492-2157 for Shawnee Mission Park Beach, or 913-583-3661 for Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina. In case of inclement weather, call the beaches and marina 24-hour information line at 913-312-8847.

Can we help you "Get Up and Go?"
May 24, 2016

Want to learn more about older adult driver safety and transportation options in our community? On Wednesday, June 8 Johnson County Human Services, in partnership with JFS of Greater Kansas City (Jewish Family Services), Americans for Older Driver Safety and other community partners, will hold the Get Up & Go Transportation Expo. It's free to attend and no registration is required. Click here for details or call 913-715-8866 with questions.

Turkey Creek Festival at Antioch Park Saturday
May 19, 2016

Bring the whole gang to beautiful Antioch Park to enjoy a day of family fun! Activities include a petting zoo, delicious food and unique craft vendors, music, giant inflatables and more. Calling all crafters of hand-made goods! If you are interested in pricing for booth space for the outdoor Summertime Arts & Craft Show, which is held in conjunction with the Turkey Creek Festival. Please contact Kari with questions or details.

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Address: Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS 66202
Phone number: 913-826-3032


Join us for Miles for Meals
May 17, 2016

Though the end of May, the cost for entering the ninth annual Miles for Meals 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 18, is only $20 to support Johnson County’s annual Feed the Need campaign that benefits local food pantries.

Come June 1, pre-registration for Miles for Meals increases to $25 through June 17 and to $30 on race day with registration occurring from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at Shelter No. 1 at Heritage Park in Olathe. The course basically circles Heritage Lake with the run/walk starting at 8 a.m. (rain or shine). Medals will be awarded by age group and fastest overall male and female.

Pre-registered participant’s race packets include a t-shirt, timing chip, bib number, and race information. The event is free for participants 12 years old and younger (no t-shirt provided and no registration required), but young participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Online registration at http://www.enter2run.com  closes at 11:59 p.m. June 16.

More information is available by calling (913) 715-2609, picking up a flyer in Suite 1500 in the Johnson County Administration Building in downtown Olathe.

Johnson County’s participation in the annual Feed the Need campaign began in 1987. All donations of food and money benefit 10 food pantries serving eligible Johnson County citizens. Six of the food pantries are located in multi-service centers operated by the Johnson County Department of Human Services. 

Feed the Need is a regional effort coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council, the Mid-America Assistance Coalition, and Harvesters International.

Celebrating cardiac arrest survival during EMS week
May 16, 2016

EMS Week in Johnson County celebrates the five links in the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims.

Chain of survival for EMS Week


Link 1: Early recognition of cardiac arrest by the individuals witnessing the event and the dispatchers answering their 9-1-1 call for help.

An important partner in the first link is Johnson County Emergency Communications which manages countywide emergency communications systems and dispatch services. Operations is responsible for the processing of emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance received on E911 (Enhanced 911) and 10-digit phone lines.  Operations dispatches FIRE and EMS in Johnson County and EMS in Miami County. These emergency medical dispatchers start the chain of survival when they receive an emergency call from a bystander or witness.

Link 2: Witnesses of a cardiac event who perform CPR

The second link is high quality chest compressions, performed by the bystander who witnessed the event while being coached by the dispatcher. Here are some interesting statistics:

  • For every minute a victim doesn’t receive CPR, their chance of survival drops by 10 percent. 
  • Initiatives like Johnson County HeartSafe and dispatch assisted CPR mean victims of cardiac arrest in public locations and residences in Johnson County now receive CPR from family, friends, even strangers 67 percent of the time, an increase of 22 percent over 2015.   

Link 3: On-scene defibrillation performed by a bystander with a public access Automated External Defibrillator

The third link requires early defibrillation with a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED). In Johnson County, cardiac arrest victims only benefit from the use of an AED 3 percent of the time. The low number may be because and AED is not available on site. Have you ever noticed if there is an AED available at your workplace?  Your church?  Your child’s school?  Your gym?  Because the state requires AEDs to be registered with the Mid-America Regional Council, we are able to show where AEDs are placed throughout Johnson County. Map of AED's in Johnson County

For more information on getting adding an AED to these critical locations, visit http://marc.org/Emergency-Services-9-1-1/MARCER/Activities/AED-Registry

Link 4: Early advance life support care provided by first responders (EMTs and paramedics) who arrive on scene.

Early advance life support care the county provides via dual paramedic ambulance response is the fourth link. MED-ACT ambulances respond alongside each community’s fire department and together emergency medical responders continue life saving care to ensure patients arrive at the hospital with the best chance of survival. Approximately 50 percent of cardiac arrest patients are transported to the hospital for continuing advance life support care. 

Link 5: 

The final link in the chain of survival involves our partners in the hospitals.  Medical professionals in the Emergency Department, Cath Lab, and Intensive Care Unit all work to help survivors regain function and capabilities to return to their daily routines.  

Because of the strength of each link in this chain, 43 percent of cardiac arrest victims in Johnson County in 2015 survived and were able to return to their lives, their families, and their work. This survival rate averages only 33 percent nationwide.



Second Saturdays sport a Royal focus
May 13, 2016

What better way to enjoy this month’s Second Saturday by spending some time at your local Johnson County Library? The May 14 hands-on activities focus on Let’s Go Royals inspired by the illustrations “The Night the World Turned Royal Blue” by artists Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell. Activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Second Saturdays is an ongoing collection of educational and entertaining events suitable for all ages. It happens on the second Saturday of each month, of course. Take a look online for upcoming activities at a library near you.