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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

New Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder program for 50 Plus is Feb. 13.
January 16, 2019

Reminisce about a childhood favorite and celebrate the Feb. 7 birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder during a new special event for 50 Plus being offered in mid-February by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder is the name of this event, which will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will enjoy coffee and pastries as an interpreter portraying Laura tells favorite stories from her childhood. This will be a first-person history interpretation, followed by a question/answer session. This program is in addition to the Laura's Legacy special event for ages five and older on Feb. 9, also at the nature center.

To find Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events and then under 50 Plus. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “special event.”

Admission for this 90-minute event, which includes breakfast, is $12 per person for Johnson County residents, or $14 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Learn about the community at 18th and Vine during History on Tap session on Feb. 12
January 16, 2019

The 18th & Vine District was the cradle of Kansas City’s jazz scene, as well as African American culture and business. This area is also the topic of the next History on Tap program being presented by the Johnson County Museum.

History on Tap - The Community at 18th and Vine is the name of this one-hour program, which is for ages 18 and older. Join Geri Sanders from the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Missouri, as she delves into the importance of this historic district. With racial segregation, the District developed as a second downtown for African Americans. The area flourished and incubated Kansas City’s jazz culture. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

History on Tap - The Community at 18th and Vine also ties into the museum's special exhibit called The Turbulent Twenties. Coordinating with the centennial of the ending of World War I, the exhibit runs through May 11 and notes that despite often being presented as a triumphant decade for the country, the 1920s were also a decade of tumult and fractured American society.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “museum program.”

History on Tap - The Community at 18th and Vine will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this one-hour program is $7 for adults, and museum members get a 20 percent discount, but must register by phone at (913) 831-3359 to claim their discount. Program admission also includes admission to the museum, which will have its hours extended beyond the usual 4:30 p.m. closing time just for this program. Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is encouraged. For more information about this program or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The museum's next History on Tap program is set for March 19 when the topic is The KKK in Johnson County, 1921-1930

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Observe Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday with Laura’s Legacy program at The Ernie Miller Nature Center
January 16, 2019

Observing the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, early Kansas Pioneer and author of the beloved “Little House on the Prairie” books, is the purpose of a special event planned at the Ernie Miller Nature Center in early February.

Laura’s Legacy is the name of this event, which is primarily for ages five and older, and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants are invited to dress like Laura and wear pioneer clothing. There will be a variety of activities for participants to take part in including making rag dolls, experiencing lessons from an 1800s school, and listening to music from the time period. Refreshments will be served as an interpreter tells Laura’s favorite stories of her childhood.

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

Admission for this two-hour event is $7 per person for Johnson County residents, including adults, or $8 per person for nonresidents. Past events have drawn more than 100 participants, so make your reservations early! For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a course ID search for 15561. Children must be accompanied by one adult chaperone per group of five.

Printed copies of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Public Input Open House Notice: ADA Transition Plan Update Project to be presented on Feb. 11
January 16, 2019

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District will hold a public input open house to review the update to the agency’s ADA Transition Plan. The meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The open house will be held in the Sunflower Room at the JCPRD Administration Building at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Disability Access Consultants, LLC (DAC) staff will provide a presentation about the project. JCPRD staff will also be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions.

JCPRD retained DAC to conduct a district-wide ADA accessibility evaluation of JCPRD’s public facilities, programs, and services. The public open house is being held to present the findings of DAC. JCPRD is seeking feedback from members of the community with disabilities, area organizations that serve persons with disabilities, and other interested parties. The feedback will be used to assist JCPRD in the prioritization of accessibility improvements.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require an accommodation for participation in the meeting should contact the JCPRD ADA Coordinator Jo Ann Courtney at (913) 826-3405, by Kansas Relay at 711, or by email to joann.courtney@jocogov.org. Because providing a reasonable accommodation may require outside assistance, organizations, or resources, JCPRD asks that any request be made with as much notice as possible, at least two business days prior to the event.

Information about the ADA Transition Plan may be obtained by contacting JCPRD’s ADA Coordinator, Jo Ann Courtney.

Take part in Jazz Storytelling during new special event on Feb. 2
January 10, 2019

Jazz up a Saturday morning in early February by taking part in a new special event being presented at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.

Jazz Storytelling at the Johnson County Museum is the name of this program, which is for all ages. This interactive musical program will introduce kids and families to the sounds and styles of jazz, America’s art form. This event is being presented in collaboration with the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Jazz Storytelling also ties into the museum's special exhibit called The Turbulent Twenties. Coordinating with the centennial of the ending of World War I, the exhibit runs through May 11 and notes that despite often being presented as a triumphant decade for the country, the 1920s were also a decade of tumult and fractured American society.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Special Events and then under fun for all. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “family fun.”

Jazz Storytelling will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the JCAHC, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this 45-minute drop-in program is the same as regular museum admission: $5 per person for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older, $3 for children one to 18, and museum members are free.

The Hands to Hearts Bookmobile will also be making a special appearance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be distributing free books to kids.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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