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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.

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Kids can do their shopping at sixth annual Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 8
November 14, 2018

A festive morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 8 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Now in its sixth year, Holiday Marketplace is the name of this event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.  While this event is for all ages, it is meant primarily to provide a special holiday shopping experience for youngsters ages two to about nine years old. Participants will find an array of items priced at $15 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends. As part of the shopping experience, volunteers will be on hand to help young shoppers make smart decisions with the money that mom or dad has provided for them, and there will be a free gift wrapping station. Children will also enjoy a visit from Santa, and ornament decorating. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under fun for all. Look for the keywords “holiday event.”

This event is free to attend and lunch and gingerbread house making will be available for purchase. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.

For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $30 for a booth space, including two chairs and a table.  Items being sold must be handmade and be priced under $15, including tax. For more information, call Lisa at (913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org. Vendors can register for booth space online at jcprd.com

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

New Caroling with Celtique event for 50 Plus is Dec. 7 at Matt Ross Community Center
November 14, 2018

A local Irish band which has helped celebrate National Irish American Heritage Month for many years is now helping to ring in the winter holidays as well.

Caroling with Celtique is a new event being planned by the 50 Plus department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Participants can sing along with their favorite tunes and enjoy seasonal refreshments. 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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “holiday event.” 

Caroling with Celtique will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Matt Ross  Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park. The cost for this 90-minute event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. Please register for this event by Nov. 30.

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. 

Step back to 1941 during next Homeschool History Adventures session on Dec. 7
November 14, 2018

Get a hands-on view of how Americans paved the way to victory during World War II during the next Homeschool History Adventures programs presented by the Johnson County Museum in early December.

During these programs, which are  for ages seven to 13, participants will examine artifacts from the museum's collection, explore the museum's main exhibit called "Becoming Johnson County," and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities in the museum classroom. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us. 

The next program in the series is called "Life on the Homefront," and recalls the days when posters proclaimed "Uncle Sam Wants You!" To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “museum program.” 

"Life on the Homefront," will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and to KidScape. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Breakfast with Santa for ages 3-5 offered at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Dec. 8
November 14, 2018

Children three to five can bring a parent and enjoy a morning meal followed by a visit with Santa during a program called Breakfast with Santa being presented by the  Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Breakfast will take place beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. After a breakfast of pancakes and juice, Santa will explain the winter habits of his animal friends. He will also help participants construct a gift for wildlife. Of course, Santa will have a gift for each child and listen to their Christmas lists. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under preschool. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “preschool.”

Breakfast with Santa is offered on Saturday, Dec. 8. The cost for one 90-minute session, including breakfast, is $7 per person, including adults for Johnson County residents, or $8 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or 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. 

18th Annual KC WildLands Native Christmas Tree Event planned on Dec. 1 at Mildale Farm
November 8, 2018

Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park and Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays! 

This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at JCPRD's Mildale Farm, 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. A minimum donation of $15 is being suggested for the trees, which have a range of shapes and sizes from “Charlie Brown Specials” to behemoths suitable for a mayor’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit future conservation efforts throughout the Greater Kansas City Region. When you take home a native cedar tree, you’ll not only make your house smell great, you’ll be helping restore wild places to their original health.

This will  be the  fifth consecutive year KC WildLands has presented this event at Mildale Farm. In past years, other JCPRD properties have intermittently been sites for previous events. 

As part of this event, haywagons will take participants to the tree site and back to their cars. Those who would like to participate should bring hand saws, rope to tie your tree to your vehicle, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Chainsaws and axes are not permitted. KC WildLands volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading trees. For those who would like to cut their own tree, volunteers will point out trees which can be cut. A bonfire, hot cider, and cookies to help warm up participants will also be available.

Removal of eastern red cedar trees is part of a prairie restoration project at the site. The workday effort is designed to remove a native species considered invasive in prairies and old fields. In time, the cedars’ sheer numbers and effects of their shading eliminate sun-loving prairie flora. In the past, naturally-occurring prairie wildfires kept this species in check, but modern fire suppression practices have allowed cedars to spread.

While eastern red cedars were used commonly by early pioneers as Christmas trees, those interested in participating  should be aware this variety does not have the typical needle of the Scotch and white pines now predominantly used as Christmas trees. This gives the eastern red cedar a “leafier” appearance. 

For more information on this event, Kansas City WildLands, or to volunteer at this event, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816)  561-1061 ext. 116 or linda@bridgingthegap.org, or visit the group’s website at www.kcwildlands.org.

Mildale Farm is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, which is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The Mildale site, which is usually only accessible by reservation, is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, reunions, retreats, and other special occasions. 

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right.

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