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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

Last summer JCPRD youth and preschool swim lessons begin July 23
July 5, 2018

The last opportunity of the summer for preschoolers and youth to learn to swim or improve their existing swimming skills is being offered in late July by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and at the Prairie Village Pool at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.
 
These lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. This convenient class format also takes the guesswork out of trying to determine what level you or your child should be in. These progressive lessons involve an assessment at the beginning of each daily class and let individuals move through the program at their own pace, learning new skills during the same session.

Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.
 
Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two and one-half years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot Class for ages two and one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. All of these programs have classes beginning July 23.  Private swim lessons for adults at all skill levels are also available by appointment.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online at jcprd.com, browse first under preschool or youth and then under aquatics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “swim lesson.” For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.
 
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

New Canvas Painting with a Brush and Beans program for 50 Plus is July 23
July 5, 2018

A fun class of step-by-step canvas painting techniques designed for beginners is being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late July.
 
Canvas Painting with a Brush & Beans is the name of this single-session program. Brushes and art supplies included, coffee beans brewed to enhance friendly conversation! Take home your work of art and feel proud of your new-found talent.  To find this program in the My JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “art.”
 
This program takes place beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for one two-hour program is $35 per person for Johnson County residents or $38 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.
 
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, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

"Blue Ribbon at the County Fair" is subject of next museum storytelling program on July 18
June 27, 2018

Young children can share in some of the fun of going to a county fair during a late July session of the Johnson County Museum's series of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art, presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho.

Titled simply Jo Ho Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five with an adult. Programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one Wednesday each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”

The next program in the series is called “Blue Ribbons at the County Fair,” and will take place on Wednesday, July 18.  July is county fair time and these “blue ribbon best” stories make for a whoopee-filled time. Who raised the grandest pig? Who wins the pie-eating contest? Who stitched the loveliest quilt? Come to the fair and find out!

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The final Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season is "Under the Sea" on Aug. 15.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
 

Next Wednesday Walk for 50 Plus takes participants to KU Field Station on July 18
June 27, 2018

The biological field station of the University of Kansas is the destination for the next  monthly Wednesday Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Summer Strolling and the next outing on July 18 will take participants to the 1,800-acre KU Field Station, located northeast of downtown Lawrence. Established in 1947, the field station's mission is to foster scholarly research, environmental education, and science-based stewardship of natural resources. It is situated within North America's grassland/forest transition zone, where the eastern deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie biomes meet. Participants will choose from a variety of trails through the field station, which includes forest and prairie. This walk is expected to require a moderate 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 catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “Wednesday walks.”

True to the name of the program, this outing will take place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this 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,  and a few dollars in case we decide to stop for ice cream. Bringing a water bottle is also recommended, and use of hiking boots and walking sticks is optional. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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 pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Family Fun Time event at TimberRidge Adventure Center set for July 15
June 20, 2018

Bring the family, get outdoors, and have an adventure at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center during a special event being offered in mid-July.

This program is called Family Fun Time, and is for ages eight and older. Archery, BB guns, boating, and fishing are activities participants will rotate through at their own pace during this three-hour event. Adventurers may come and go or stay for entire event. No pets are allowed for this event. Participants must preregister for this event in advance, as no drop-ins will be allowed. For more information, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events, and then under fun for all. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature & outdoors.”

Family Fun Time will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. The cost is $15 per person for Johnson County residents, or $17 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is  a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. The TimberRidge entrance is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is normally accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

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

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