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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

Shawnee Mission Park Marina opens weekends beginning May 5 & 6
April 24, 2018

The Shawnee Mission Park Marina is scheduled to operate on the weekends of May 5 and 6, May 12 and 13, and May 19 and 20,  prior to opening daily for the summer season beginning May 26.
 
The marina’s weekend hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, but note the last rentals each day will be at 6 p.m. The marina offers boat rentals, including canoes, pedal  boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. The Shawnee Mission Park Marina accepts cash and credit cards, but not checks. Fishing permits are also available at the marina.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa. For more information, call (913) 888-4713.  

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s other marina operation at Kill Creek Park, which does not accept credit cards or checks, will also open for the summer season beginning May 26 and will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday through Aug. 12. 

Register by May 11 to showcase your talent in this year's Senior Follies event on July 14
April 24, 2018

Performers are currently being sought for this year's Senior Follies event in mid-July, but hurry, as May 11 is the deadline to apply to be in the 2018 event, which takes place on July 14. This program is presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The Senior Follies event, which was brought back in August 2017 after taking a short hiatus beginning in 2014, features an entertaining mix of great entertainment for the whole family from talented 50 plus performers. About 20 acts participated in last year’s show, including singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. Potential participants are invited to showcase their skills as a group or to entertain with a one-person act.

Email mallory.ozier@jocogov.org by May 11 to sign up for the 2018 Senior Follies.

This year's event will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, in The Black Box Theatre, located  at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  Tickets for this year's two-hour Senior Follies are also available and will cost $2 per person for Johnson County residents or $3 per person for nonresidents. To order tickets, call (913) 826-2830.

Learn Astronomy Backyard Basics at TimberRidge Adventure Center on May 11
April 24, 2018

Learn the basics of backyard astronomy with no telescope required during a new mid-May special event planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s TimberRidge Adventure Center.

The event is called Backyard Basics, and is for all ages, but is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. This one hour program will go over the basics of simple astronomy, using no more than your own eyes, a star map, and a flashlight. Participants will view seasonally-visible constellations and learn their stories. In case of rain or clouds, an indoor version of the program will be presented.

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 keyword “astronomy.”

Backyard Basics will take place from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 11, beginning at the Whispering Pines Shelter the TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost is $4 per person for Johnson County residents, or $5 for nonresidents.

For more information or to register, 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. 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.

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for May 8 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
April 24, 2018

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located  at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. Look for the keyword “concert.”

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 16 years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director.

For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160.

New Cinco de Mayo 50 plus event is May 8 at Cedar Lake Village
April 24, 2018

Register by May 1 to take part in a festive Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  being planned by the 50 Plus department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.                                                                 

Cedar Lake Village, a senior living community in Olathe, is hosting this event. Join us for a delicious taco bar dinner, trivia, and four games of bingo with great prizes! To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under 50 plus. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “social event.”

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8,  at Cedar Creek Village, 15325 S. Lone Elm Road, Olathe. The cost for this two-hour event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. Register online at www.jcprd.com.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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