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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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Register on or before Jan. 31 to receive the lowest registration fee for the tenth annual JCPRD Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon in September 2017
December 9, 2016

September 2017 may seem like a long ways off, but it's not too early to start planning your fitness goals for next year.  Register on or before Jan. 31 to secure your spot in the 2017 JCPRD Women's Triathlon & Duathlon at 2016 prices. This tenth-annual event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

This event consists of a Super Sprint Triathlon, a Sprint Triathlon and a Duathlon. Girls and women ages 11 and up can compete in the Super Sprint Triathlon course which is a 200 meter swim, a 4 mile bike and a 2 mile run. The Sprint Triathlon course is a 500 meter swim, followed by a 10.6 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.  The Duathlon Course will consist of a 3.1 mile run, followed by a 10.6 bike, and a 3.1 mile run. Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon courses are for women 16 and over.

This event is USA Triathlon-sanctioned, and the Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon are open to teams, while the Super Sprint Triathlon is open only to individuals. To register for this race, go to www.jcprd.com/activities/special-events.cfm.

Started in 2008, the JCPRD Women’s Triathlon is the first all-women’s triathlon sanctioned by the United States of America Triathlon Committee in the state of Kansas, and is a special event of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. It was recognized in 2009 as the Kansas Recreation and Park Association’s Outstanding New Program. This event is limited to 450 participants and is expected to fill, so early registration is encouraged.

On or before Jan. 31, registration fees for the Sprint Triathlon are $70 for individuals and $95 for teams. After Feb. 1 and until May 1, the cost is $75 for individuals and $100 for teams. From May 2 through Sept. 1, the cost is $85 for individuals and $110. After Sept. 1, the cost is $95 for individuals and $120 for teams.

For the Super Sprint Triathlon, which is open only to individuals, registration fees are $50 per person until May 1. From May 2 through Sept. 1, the cost is $60 per person, and this increases to $70 after Sept. 1.

On or before Jan. 31, registration fees for the duathlon are $60 for individuals and $90 for teams. After Feb. 1 and until May 1, the cost is $65 for individuals and $95 for teams. From May 2 through Sept. 1, the cost is $75 for individuals and $105. After Sept. 1, the cost is $85 for individuals and $115 for teams.

Everyone who registers by Sept. 1 is guaranteed an event T-shirt. In addition, participants, including team members, must also be members of USA Triathlon. One-day adult memberships are $15 and annual memberships are $50.  Youth annual memberships are $10.

For additional information about this event, call Katy at (913) 826-2964.

Two Mad Science® programs for youth planned at New Century Fieldhouse in late December
December 5, 2016

Two different Mad Science® programs for youth are being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the New Century Fieldhouse near Gardner over the winter break.

The programs are for ages six through 12 and are called Mad Science® School's Out Science Fun. Specific camps include Eureka! The Inventor's Camp on Dec. 19-23, and Clues, Codes, and Chemical Counting  on Dec. 27-30. Participants should bring a sack lunch and a water bottle daily.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s 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 keyword “discovery.”

Eureka! The Inventor's Camp (barcode 35515) is designed by participants, who will be given a series of challenges each day which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world-famous inventors, and the most important thing of all - campers' minds. With a little bit of ingenuity you’ll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning egg drop design, construct a dancing robot and assemble a working light saber to take home. While Thomas Edison said invention is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration, this camp is 100 percent fun! This camp will meet daily beginning Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. The cost for five seven-hour sessions is $275 per person for Johnson County residents or $300 per person for nonresidents.

Clues, Codes, and Chemical Counting (barcode 35516) will let participants explore the “awesomeness” that is science! Campers will discover how to send secret messages to their friends using special codes. We'll learn about the surrounding environment and how science will help protect our planet. Explore how Newton’s laws are at work in your favorite sport. Become a young astronaut for a day while exploring the mysteries of the solar system. This camp will meet daily beginning Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. The cost for four seven-hour sessions is $245 per person for Johnson County reisdents or $270 per person for nonresidents.

Both camps are also eligible for credit in the Intellectual dimension for the  JCPRD U holistic wellness program for ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, look for barcode 37017 or call (913) 826-2950.

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

Johnson County Park & Recreation District to recycle Christmas trees at three locations
December 5, 2016

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be accepting post-holiday contributions of discarded natural Christmas trees at three locations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31.

Collection sites are: the parking lot at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, the Heritage Park Marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, and the north side of the parking lot at the marina at Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

Trees will be collected during regular winter park hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park, which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter.

In 2015, between 4,000 and 5,000 trees were "recycled." Some of the trees will be mulched for use on trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitat in district lakes.

No yard waste will be accepted - only Christmas trees. Wrappers should be removed from the discarded trees as well as any remaining decorations; particularly "icicles" and decorations made from mylar, shiny plastic, or aluminum.

There is no charge for the disposal of trees and this program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information, call Visitor Services in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713.

All ages invited for new Gingerbread Fun event on Dec. 23 at Roeland Park Community Center
December 5, 2016

Take a morning break just two days before Christmas for a new special event which is sure to get the whole family into the holiday spirit being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Gingerbread Fun is the name of this program, which will take place on the morning on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Roeland Park Roeland Park  Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr. Participants will make graham cracker gingerbread houses, sip on hot chocolate, and sing along to holiday favorites!  Please bring one bag of candy to help decorate the graham cracker houses.

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 keywords “holiday event.”

Gingerbread Fun will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23. The cost for this two-hour event is $5 per child. 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 35455.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Social dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, search for barcode 37017 or call (913) 826-2950.

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

Donations of animal supplies sought through Holidays for the Animals program at Ernie Miller Nature Center
December 5, 2016

Individuals, families, and groups wanting to make a difference are invited to consider contributing a gift to the animals at the Ernie Miller Nature Center through a program called Holidays for the Animals.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center, located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, has ongoing needs for supplies for both the animals kept at the center and the wild animals which come to the feeders.

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 “animals.”

Donations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please look over the following list and consider making a contribution: newspapers, brown and green duct tape, various sizes of clear critter totes/ pet keepers boxes with lids; bags of reptile bedding; gift certificates to LifeTime Pets, Price Chopper, Wal-Mart, or Petland; pinewood shavings, cat litter (non-clumping), bleach, fragrance-free laundry soap; bags of safflower or black oil sunflower seeds (no mixes, please); suet cake; rolls of ¼ inch & 3/8 inch sisal rope; and white and apple cider vinegar.

Donors who wish to be recognized will have their names listed in the Nature Center’s Tracks newsletter and in an advertisement in the Spring issue of Activities, so please take time to fill out a card at the Nature Center! 

For more information, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

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