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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

Ernie Miller Nature Center presents new Be Our Guest parent and child dance on Aug. 18
July 19, 2017

Dress to the nines in your finest frocks and ties for a fairytale night being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in mid-August at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

This event is called Be Our Guest and is a parents and child date night for ages five to 12 with an adult. Participants will experience a live animal program where they will learn why they should never judge a beast by its appearance.  To round out the night, there will be dessert, an opportunity to make an enchanted rose craft, and a chance to dance. This is a new program not listed in the My JCPRD Activities catalog.

Be Our Guest will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The cost is  $18 per couple, and $9 per additional guest.  Fees are nonrefundable.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.  To register online, go to www.jcprd.com,  click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen, and perform a barcode search for 39806.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Mystery walk to round out 50 Plus Summer Strolling program on Aug. 16
July 19, 2017

A location determined by participants themselves will be the final destination for the Summer Strolling program being offered by the  50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Walker's Choice and will conclude a series of four walks which began in May. As the name indicates, the walkers themselves will choose a location within 60 miles of Antioch Park.

This outing will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk, as well as a few dollars in case the group decides to stop for ice cream.  Participants are asked to register at least one week prior to the walk.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "Wednesday Walks.” 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 39018.

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. 

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Johnson County Museum on Aug. 16 or 26
July 19, 2017

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Arts & Heritage Center during a new special event offered two times and mid and late August.

This Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour is for all ages and is offered on Aug. 16 and again on Aug. 26. Visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance of these efforts to our local community. Our collection features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, and quilts. Scout groups are welcome!

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

These tours will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. One  tour will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 (barcode 39405), while another will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 (barcode 38811). The cost for one 60-minute program is $10 per person for adults, $8 for children one to 18, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $4 for museum members. Members should call (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  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 search for the barcodes listed above. 

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

Overnight fishing opportunities set for Aug. 12 and 19 at JCPRD lakes
July 19, 2017

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays planned this summer at Kill Creek Park, and the fourth of four at Shawnee Mission Park are planned in August. This year's Overnight Fishing Saturdays began in mid-May and involve nine dates at four Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks.

The next Kill Creek Park overnight fishing opportunity is Aug. 12, while the opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park is Aug. 19. After 11 p.m. on these respective dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset.

To find the overnight fishing events in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”

Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park & Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, in the Visitor Services Counter at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

This year’s final Overnight Fishing Saturdays is planned for Sept. 16 at the new Lexington Lake Park, which opened in early July.

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.  Lexington Lake Park is located north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. To get to Lexington Lake Park, take Kansas10 west from Interstate 435 towards Lawrence. Exit at Lexington Ave in De Soto and turn right going south under K-10 to 95th Street. Turn right (west) onto 95th and go approximately 1 mile to the Sunflower Road intersection. Turn right (north) onto Sunflower Road and go approximately one-half mile, passing back under K-10 to the park entrance on your left.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

50 Plus Mah Jongg Sizzle ‘N’ Summer Tournament
July 13, 2017

It’s time to build walls, make sets and pairs. Compete against Mah Jongg enthusiasts in your community.  Enjoy delicious summer snacks and enter to win door prizes. Please register by July 24. This challenging event is $13 per person. Register today by going to www.jcprd.com, and then follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 39164.

Location: Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park, KS 66212

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