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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

50 Plus Plans May 10 Adventure Walk to visit Missouri's Katy Trail
April 13, 2017

Enjoy a classic adventure walk on one of the most beautiful sections of Missouri's Katy trail during an adventure walk begin offered in early May be the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Katy Trail Adventure Walk and will take place on Wednesday, May 10. Participants will walk on a section of the trail located near the Rocheport (Mo.) trailhead, which is considered one of the most engaging portions of this trail which stretches a total of 225 miles across Missouri from St. Charles to Clinton, Mo. This area is a perfect place to find beautiful scenery, solitude, nature and a chance to spend time along the Missouri river.

This hike is expected to require an easy level of exertion.  To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walk.”

This program will depart at 8 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for one nine-hour outing, including transportation to the walk site, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch (with costs on your own) will take place at  Abigail's Restaurant in Rocheport. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 39012.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. 

First of three Yoga Adventure programs offered for adults at TimberRidge Adventure Center
April 13, 2017

Come spend a few hours outdoors with kindred souls and refresh your inner being during a new program being offered for adults at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center.

This program is called Yoga Adventures at TimberRidge and is for ages 16 and older. Participants will spend time outdoors exploring yoga on the lawn combined with another outdoor activities, to include hiking, journaling, kayaking, and archery.  Prior experience is not necessary and participants will choose their own level of activity. Be sure to dress for the outdoor weather. The first of three Yoga Adventures at TimberRidge will take place on May 7 and will emphasize hiking and journaling. Two other sessions will follow including a June 11 session emphasizing kayaking, and another on July 9 emphasizing archery.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “yoga.”

Each program will begin at 2 p.m. on a Sunday at the TimberRidge Adventure Center, which is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for each two -hour program is $12 for Johnson County residents or $13 for nonresidents.

To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 38724 for the May 7 program, 38725 for the June 11 program, and 38726 for the July 9 program.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is is a 200-plus acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, features a professionally-certified challenge and ropes course featuring 28 low elements, a 300-foot zip line and a climbing tower with three other high elements. In addition to the Challenge Course, TimberRidge offers other outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, archery, canoes, and paddleboats. The center is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park, and is available only by reservation or as part of programming.

The JCPRD's My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, call  Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay at (913) 856-8849 or lysa.holladay@jocogov.org.

To register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

Enchanted Fairytale Forest event planned at Ernie Miller Park on May 6
April 13, 2017

Celebrate the magic of nature and discover the hidden world of the wee folk and friends - both real and make believe - during a special event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in early May.

Enchanted Fairytale Forest is the name of this event, which is now in its seventh year. This program is for all ages, but children up to 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests can visit activity stations at their leisure. Participants will follow the pixie path on a pirate treasure hunt through the forest. Don’t worry about the trolls as you search for nature's treasure. Guests can let their imaginations go wild as they design a fairy house and wand with the Green Fairy’s repurposing supplies. Enjoy a sweet treat at the tea party. The Fairy Queen will tell stories of magic and mischief. Live animals, music, and a trip through the wish tree make this an enchanted day to remember!

In case of inclement weather, this event will take place indoors. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun for All and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “nature & outdoors.”

Enchanted Fairytale Forest is offered twice on Saturday, May 6, at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. One session will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, while another will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. For either time, the cost is $6 per person for Johnson County residents or $8 per person for nonresidents, including adults, and is payable on-site. Advance registration is required and can be accomplished by calling (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 38678 for the 10 a.m. session, or 38679 for the 1 p.m. session. Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Visit the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary during 50 Plus day trip on May 5
April 13, 2017

Enter the Missouri State Penitentiary, as many inmates did between 1836 and 2004, during an early May day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

History of the Big House is the name of this trip, which will take travelers to the what has been called “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine due to the number of murders and assaults that took place there. The decommissioned prison is located near Jefferson City, Mo. Participants tour the upper yard, the oldest housing unit and the underground cells. Imagine life in the penitentiary as an inmate behind lock and key or a guard on watch while learning its history and listening to interesting stories. The Missouri State Penitentiary was once the largest prison in the United States, housing 5,200 inmates at its peak. After lunch, a guide will take the group on a tour of the “Puppies on Parole,” a program that allows prisoners to train shelter dogs making them more adoptable.  The trip will end with an ice cream stop at Central Dairy in Jefferson City.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at  7:30  a.m. on Friday, May 5,  from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 6 p.m. that day. The cost is for this nine-and-one-half-hour day trip, including  tours, admission, lunch, and transportation, is $89 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 39046.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

The Lawrence Levee Trail is next destination for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program on May 3
April 6, 2017

A May 3 outing to the Lawrence Levee Trail is the first in a series of Wednesday Walks being presented  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District this spring and summer.

Also called Summer Strolling, this program lets participants make friends while exploring the great outdoors.  JCPRD does the driving while you can relax, listen to the wind and experience new destinations! Each outing takes place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for each six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, as well as a few dollars in case the group decides to stop for ice cream. Walkers should register at least one week prior to departure, and bring their own water bottle. The Inclement weather date for each walk  is the following week.

The Lawrence Levee Trail is a 9.3-mile trail on the north bank of the Kansas River. The trail runs along the top of the flood-control levee on the outskirts of Lawrence. It offers views of the river, nearby farmland, and downtown Lawrence. This walk is expected to requires an easy level of exertion.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday Walks.” For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register for the Lawrence Levee Trail walk at www.jcprd.com, complete a barcode search for 39015.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

Other upcoming summer trolling outings include: a walk at Kansas City's Loose Park Municipal Rose Garden on June 7 (barcode 39016), at Walk at Ted Ensley Gardens in Topeka on July 12  (barcode 39017), and the annual Walker's Choice walk on Aug. 16  (barcode 39018) to a destination that participants will choose.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

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April 30, 2017 | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

21st Annual Panzon’s Fundraiser

May 6, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Enchanted Fairytale Forest - 10 a.m. session

May 6, 2017 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Enchanted Fairytale Forest - 1 p.m. session

May 12, 2017 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 am

Mom & Me Camping Event

May 12, 2017 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Family Bingo Night