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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

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Nov. 1 & 15 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
October 16, 2017

Fall and turkeys are the themes of  November Animal Tales Storytime sessions being planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during any or all of the eight sessions scheduled on select Wednesdays through Dec. 20.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytime.”

November sessions include "Fall Sights & Sounds" on Nov. 1, and "Turkey Time" on Nov. 15.  Other upcoming storytime sessions are scheduled for: Dec. 6, "Mrs. Claus Reads;" and Dec. 20, "A Visit with Santa." Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

History of Dixieland Music program for all ages is Nov. 2 at Roeland Park Community Center
October 16, 2017

Experience an oral and visual presentation on the history of Dixieland music, performed by a live band, during an early November special event being planned for all ages by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Back by popular demand, this program is called The History of Dixieland Music. The KC Dixieland Band will interact with the audience to provide an oral and visual presentation on the history of Dixieland music, performed by the entire band, live! Along the way, many famous tunes of the era, several influential composers of the period, and dominant performers will be highlighted. This promises to be an informative and entertaining experience. All ages are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Register in advance to save your spot! 

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 keyword “music.”

The History of Dixieland Music will take place beginning  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this two-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. 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 40759.

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

 

Don’t miss one-of-a-kind free Healthy Halloween Spooktacular event for all ages on Oct. 28
October 16, 2017

Start your family’s Halloween off with a healthy morning that will keep your kids energized throughout the busy day during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.                                

Healthy Halloween Spooktacular! is the name of this event, which is for all ages and which will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Participants are invited to come in person and visit the freaky photo booth, make creepy crafts, enjoy a healthy snack, enter the haunted hallway, and show off on the dance floor to your favorite Halloween beats.

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 keyword “Halloween.”

This free event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Sponsors for this event are also being sought. For more information, contact Lisa

(913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org.

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

2017 Fall Hayrides offered for organized groups at two parks
August 2, 2017

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through  Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $7 per person or a minimum of $80 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.

Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 16 and Nov. 19. Hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

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 keyword “hayrides.”

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 24, while the other will take place on Nov. 5. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is also $7 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39877 for the Sept. 24 ride or 39878 for the Nov. 5 ride.

 

Upcoming Events

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October 20, 2017 | 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Trick-or-Cache ~ Three Sessions!

October 21, 2017 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Haunted Kansas

October 23, 2017 | 8:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat

October 25, 2017 | 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

2017 Fall Trout Program

October 25, 2017 | 2:30 pm to 5:00 am

Lakes at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks closed