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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

Country Dance for 50 Plus set for Oct. 22 at Lenexa Community Center
September 23, 2016

Strap on your boots to line dance, two step, and boogie during a country homecoming dance being planned in late October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Country Dance is the name of this program, which promises a boot scootin’ good time. The 80% Country Band will keep us rockin’ and groovin’ all night long. Starting at 7:30, an instructor will be teaching country line dancing, and this will be a perfect time to learn new steps. Refreshments are included, and don’t miss out on a chance for door prizes.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords "social event."

This Country Dance will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak, Lenexa. The cost for this two-hour event is $10 per person. For more information or to register, 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 35599.

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

Visit heritage cities in northeastern Missouri during 50 Plus day trip on Oct. 18
September 23, 2016

Visit areas in northeastern Missouri recognized for their unique character and influence on American culture during a day trip being offered in mid-October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Way of the American Genius is the name of this trip, which will take participants to heritage cities along Missouri Highway 36 including Cameron, Hamilton, and Chillicothe. Travelers will see the home of sliced bread, visit the J.C. Penney Museum, and tour the Missouri Star Quilt Company. The group will enjoy lunch at Blue Sage Restaurant in Hamilton, and then make a stop at Country Cabin Village east of Cameron for shopping and homemade cinnamon rolls.

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

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and return approximately 5 p.m. the same day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation and lunch, is $75 per person.  For more information or to register, 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 35353.

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for Oct. 18 at Bishop Miege High School
September 23, 2016

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Dr., Roeland Park

This concert is the first of three the group is offering this fall and winter. For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.

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. The band is directed by Phil Edelman with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.

Other upcoming New Horizons Band concerts include a Dec. 3 performance at Kansas City's Union Station, and a Dec. 13 performance at Blue Valley Middle School.

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.

Irish Fest Day Trip for 50 Plus set for Oct. 8
September 19, 2016

If you’re looking for a bit of "craic" (which is Irish for "fun") don’t miss a day trip being offered in early October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Irish Fest Day Trip will first make a stop at Browne’s Irish Marketplace in Kansas City, Mo., for a wee bit o’ shopping and one of their famous cookies or scones before continuing on to the Irish Festival in Weston, Mo. At the festival, participants will hear great storytelling, sample authentic food, and can try some crafted ales and lagers at local pubs. Visit underground cellars and O’Malley’s Courtyard to enjoy performances by Irish musicians, pipers, and dancers. Let us do the driving and parking as the motorcoach will drop you off near the front gate. Stroll to the festival past the town’s historic antebellum homes and buildings. Festival admission is included.

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

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, and return approximately 5:30 p.m. the same day. The cost  for one eight-hour outing, including transportation, festival admission, and a sack lunch from Browne's, is $59 per person.  For more information or to register, 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 35352. Please register for this trip by Sept. 26.

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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Whimsical Woods program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 8
September 19, 2016

There's nothing scary about a Halloween special event being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park in early October. The program is called Whimsical Woods and is for all ages with ages 11 and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants will enjoy a walk on the park's trail with the award-winning staff of the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Costumed storybook characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. This program consists of a short trail walk with stations featuring interpreters who interact with participants. Participants will meet the Good Fairy and Forest Friends. In addition, there will be live animals, stories, songs, and surprises. Group sessions will begin every 15 minutes, and for participants, the program length will be about one and one-half hours. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 keyword "Halloween."

Whimsical Woods is offered beginning every 15 minutes from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, when paid in advance, or $7 per person onsite on the day of the event, if space is available. Register by calling (913) 831-3359 or online by following the green "Register for Activities" link at www.jcprd.com, and then completing a barcode search for any of the codes listed below.

For the 1 p.m. session, search for 35077. Codes for the other sessions are as follows: 1:15 p.m., 35078; 1:30 p.m., 35079; 1:45 p.m., 35080; 2 p.m., 35081; 2:15 p.m., 35082; 2:30 p.m., 35083; 2:45 p.m., 35084; 3 p.m., 35085; 3:15 p.m., 35086; and 3:30 p.m., 35087. For more information about this program call (913) 764-7759.

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

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