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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

Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids event returns to the Theatre in the Park on April 13
March 20, 2019

A popular special event which lets kids get an up-close look at big rigs, tractors, and all types of equipment will return to the Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park in mid-April.

The event is called Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids and will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, in the parking lot at the Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. Participants can see what the insides of these vehicles look like. This event is for all ages, but parents are encouraged to bring their little ones out to meet and greet trucks, tractors, construction, and city vehicles up close. They’ll have the opportunity to crawl, climb, and sit in the driver’s seat while visiting with the real-life operators of these vehicles. 

Admission to this three-hour event is free, but a donation of $10 per participant vehicle is suggested. Proceeds benefit the district's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

Free Veteran Memoir Writing Workshop set for April 10 at Johnson County Museum
March 20, 2019

Giving veterans the tools and confidence they need to develop and write their own stories is the goal of a newly-added program being offered in early April by the Johnson County Museum.

This Veteran Memoir Writing Workshop is designed to help veterans come to terms with their memories. It can also communicate to family and friends those stories that are difficult to verbalize. Participants will learn to use notes, drafts, poetry, free-writing exercises, and other methods to generate moving and honest writing. No prior writing experience is necessary. This program is being presented by Kansas Author and Poet Al Ortolani, in partnership with Humanities Kansas. 

This workshop is meant to compliment  the “Buy One, Vet One” (B1V1) program which provides free art classes to veterans, and its Interview Theater Workshops - Veteran Story Collecting Project beginning April 4. B1V1 is part of a new partnership between the Arts Council of Johnson County After Action Network’s Operation: Art, and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The Veteran Memoir Writing Workshop will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. There is no cost for this 90-minute program, but please preregister by going to www.jcprd.com, clicking on "Register for Activities," and performing a course ID search for 19161. To learn more about Interview Theater Workshops - Veteran Story Collecting Project, search for course ID 15691.

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

“The Golden Egg Book” is subject of next museum Retro Storytime program on April 10
March 20, 2019

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly from January through April at the Johnson County Museum.

"The Golden Egg Book,” is the subject of the next Retro Storytime Program, which will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10. A classic springtime tale from Margaret Wise Brown, the author of "Goodnight Moon," this story follows a little bunny as it discovers a blue egg and begins to wonder about all the wonderful things that might be inside. 

Retro Storytime and is for ages three to five with an adult. Following the story presentation, participants will enjoy a craft activity for little hands. An adult must attend with the child. This program will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “museum program.” 

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for this program does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. For more information or to register by phone for "The Golden Egg Book,” call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 14675.

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

Interested in a local para-pickleball program? Let us know during April 9 event
March 20, 2019

Gauging interest in starting a local para-pickleball program is the goal of an event being planned in early April by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

"If there are any para-athletes out there who are interested in starting a para-pickleball program with us, we'd like to know," said 50 Plus Coordinator Lisa Scharnak.  "If there are only a few people interested, we may start a mixed program to get them involved." 

Officials hope to draw individuals who use wheelchairs and are interested in participating in an indoor para-pickleball program. These individuals are invited to attend an Open Play Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. An introduction to the sport and an overview of the rules will be provided, and there will be model play, as well as time for individual practice. This program is free and intended primarily for ages 50 plus. For more information, call (913) 826-3161. 

Other pickleball programs offered by 50 Plus have proven very popular in recent years. Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles. 

Bingo session for 50 Plus set for April 10
March 20, 2019

"Hippity Hoppin" is the theme of the next bingo program being offered  this season by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.                       

The final bingo session of the January through April season will be "Hippity Hoppin" beginning at 1:30 p.m. on April 10 at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park. This program will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Bingo prizes include  gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. For Johnson County residents, the cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person in advance, or $6 on the day of the event. For nonresidents, the cost is $6 in advance, or $7 on the day of the event. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the bingo program. There is no additional charge for bingo. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.” For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities," and complete a search for course ID 14872. 

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

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