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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 8
March 16, 2017

A popular special event which lets kids get an up-close look at big rigs, tractors, and all types of equipment will be returning to the Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park on April 8.

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 8, 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. The first 50 children will get a free construction worker hat.

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

Join the Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt in Shawnee Mission Park on April 8!
March 16, 2017

The Easter Bunny has taken the traditional egg hunt to the extreme for a third annual special event for all ages being planned eight days before Easter by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. Preregistration for this event is required by April 3.

The event is called Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt, and will be presented at two different times on Saturday, April 8. This event is for all ages, and  the only way to find prize-filled eggs is with a GPS (Global Positioning Systems) unit! The event begins at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter #4. Each family will receive a GPS unit to use for the event, as well as instructions on how to use the device to find hidden eggs scattered throughout the park. After finding all the eggs, participants will return back to the shelter for lunch and pictures with the Easter Bunny! In case of inclement weather, the reschedule date is Sunday, April 9.

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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “geocaching.”

One hunt will begin at 10 a.m. (barcode 36958), while another will begin at 11:30 a.m. (barcode 36960)  on Sunday, April 8, in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The cost for this two-hour event which includes lunch, is $13 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is $31 for Johnson County residents or $34 for nonresidents. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the Register for Activities link and do a barcode search for the barcodes listed above.

The 2016 event was very popular and this year's Extreme Egg Hunt is expected to fill quickly!

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

50 Plus plans Catalog Release Party on April 7 at Mill Creek Activity Center
March 16, 2017

Celebrate the arrival of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's May through August MY JCPRD Activities catalog and get the scoop on the programs it contains during a new special event being offered by the 50 Plus Department in early April.

This Catalog Release Party will take place on April 7. Come meet the recreation coordinators who plan the catalog programs and discuss future activities. Enjoy refreshments, try out some of our classes for free, and enter to win a JCPRD gift card! To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events.” In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “free events.”

The Catalog Release Party will take place beginning  at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. This two-hour event is free, but please reserve  your spot by calling (913) 826-3160.

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

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.

JCPRD's Roeland Park Early Childhood Development Center and Natureplay Preschool to conduct annual open houses on April 6
March 8, 2017

Open houses for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Early Childhood Development Center at the Roeland Park Community Center and the Natureplay preschool at the Mill Creek Activity Center will take place  on Thursday, April 6.

These open houses will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. During the open houses, parents will have an opportunity to visit with teachers and tour the centers. Enrollment materials will be available and enrollment at this time is encouraged as space is limited. This is the only open house for fall registration. A $40 nonrefundable fee will reserve a space for a child in the 2017-18 program, which begins in September.

The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood  Dr., Roeland Park, (913) 826-3170; while the Mill Creek Activity Center and Natureplay is located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, (913) 826-2958.

Natureplay Preschool is a discovery-based learning program for ages three through five. The program offers half-day preschool with one-, to five-days-a-week options, as well as occasional stand-alone programs meant to supplement other learning opportunities and provide children with extended opportunities for outdoor exploration.  Natureplay Director Rosanna Munoz holds degrees in biology and early childhood education has been leading JCPRD early childhood programs since 2002.

 

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is next destination for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program on April 5
March 8, 2017

A portion of the Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is the next destination for  the Wednesday Walks program being presented  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on Wednesday, April 5.

Also called Spring Strolling, this program lets participants make friends while exploring the great outdoors.  JCPRD does the driving while you can relax, listen to the wind and experience new destinations! Each outing takes place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for each 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.  

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park is a 50-mile trail built on the former right of way of the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad from Ottawa south to Humboldt. The trail runs 50 miles from its northern terminus at Ottawa, Kansas to its southern terminus at Humboldt, Kansas. Built in the 1860's, this was the first north-south rail line in Kansas. This walk, which requires an easy level of exertion, will let participants escape the hustle and bustle of big city life and explore a portion of the Spirit Trail near Garnett, Kan.  True to its name, we will refresh our spirits with the great outdoors beckoning.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s 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.” For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register for the Spirit Trail State Park walk at www.jcprd.com, complete a barcode search for 36927.

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 JCPRD's Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

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April 5, 2017 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Animal Tales Storytime - Turtle Time

April 7, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

*Cancelled - 50 Plus Catalog Release Party

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids

April 8, 2017 | 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt