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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

17th Annual KC WildLands Native Christmas Tree Event planned on Dec. 2 at Mildale Farm
November 16, 2017

Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is again offering the public an opportunity to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays!

This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at JCPRD's Mildale Farm, 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. A minimum donation of $15 is being suggested for the trees, which have a range of shapes and sizes from “Charlie Brown Specials” to behemoths suitable for a mayor’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit future conservation efforts throughout the Greater Kansas City Region. When you take home a native cedar tree, you’ll not only make your house smell great, you’ll be helping restore wild places to their original health.

This will  be the  fourth consecutive year   KC WildLands has presented this event at Mildale Farm. In past years, other  JCPRD properties have intermittently been sites for  previous events.

As part of this event, haywagons will take participants to the tree site and back to their cars. Those who would like to participate should bring hand saws, rope, sturdy boots, and work gloves. Chainsaws and axes are not permitted. KC WildLands volunteers will be on hand to assist with loading trees. For those who would like to cut their own tree, volunteers will point out trees which can be cut. A bonfire, hot cider, and cookies to help warm up participants will also be available.

Removal of eastern red cedar trees is part of a prairie restoration project at the site. The workday effort is designed to remove a native species considered invasive in prairies and old fields. In time, the cedars’ sheer numbers and effects of their shading eliminate sun-loving prairie flora. In the past, naturally-occurring prairie wildfires kept this species in check, but modern fire suppression practices have allowed cedars to spread.

While eastern red cedars were used commonly by early pioneers as Christmas trees, those interested in participating  should be aware this variety does not have the typical needle of the Scotch and white pines now predominantly used as Christmas trees. This gives the eastern red cedar a “leafier” appearance.

For more information on this event, Kansas City WildLands or to volunteer at this event, contact Linda Lehrbaum at (816)  561-1061 ext. 116 or linda@bridgingthegap.org, or visit the group’s website at www.kcwildlands.org.

Mildale Farm is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, which is a charter member of Kansas City WildLands, a conservation coalition initiated in 2001. The Mildale site, which is usually only accessible by reservation, is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, reunions, retreats, and other special occasions.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left onto Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm, which will be on your right.

Prescribed Fire in Parks and Urban Landscapes professional workshop to be presented by JCPRD on Nov. 29
November 16, 2017

Fire is an essential tool in native habitat management of prairies and woodlands. A training workshop called Prescribed Fire in Parks and Urban Landscapes being planned for Wednesday, Nov. 29 by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Led by JCPRD Field Biologist Matt Garrett, this workshop is geared toward parks staff, land stewards, and volunteers who may be conducting or assisting in fire management. Garrett has successfully used fire to maintain and restore vegetation on hundreds of acres of both remnant and reconstructed landscapes. Weather permitting, the workshop will include a live demonstration of fire techniques and will cover safety, weather, equipment, planning/permitting, operations, and the urban/rural interface.

This workshop will take place from 8:30 am to noon at the JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The fee for this three-and-one-half-hour workshop is $10 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Register online at https://kcnpi.eventsmart.com/events/fire.

Turkey Time Pickleball Potluck lunch is Dec. 5 at New Century Fieldhouse
November 8, 2017

Pickleball players are invited to be thankful for each other and the sport that brings them together during a free lunch gathering begin presented in early December by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Turkey Time Pickleball Potluck lunch will take place beginning at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. JCPRD will provide the turkey, and there is no fee for this one-hour program, but players are asked to bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert. A sign-up sheet is located at New Century's front desk. Note that this event was originally scheduled for Nov. 14, but was postponed.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under 50 plus and then under sports. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “pickleball.”

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. 

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.

Annual Loess Bluffs Days trip offered on Dec. 2
November 8, 2017

Visit the yearly celebration of “Eagle Days” at the Loess Bluff National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Squaw Creek) through a birdwatching trip being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Always a participant favorite, this trip affords a close-up view of our national bird for ages 18 and older and children accompanied by an adult. The trip will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, and will include a special presentation including  a close-up look at a mature Bald Eagle, a tour of the refuge, and a chance to look through spotting scopes to view this amazing bird.  It is not unusual to observe 150 to 200 bald eagles on the refuge and surrounding area. Other wildlife such as ducks, geese, and deer have also been observed in past years.

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

The trip will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, at 6:45 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. Transportation by small bus is provided. Participants must provide meal expenses for lunch at a stop after birding. Be sure to bring binoculars! The cost is $47 per person for one seven-hour trip. Preregistration is required. For more information about this trip, call (913) 826-3494. To register by phone, 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 40022. Registration for this trip closes on Nov. 30.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog  is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Kids can do their shopping at fifth annual Holiday Marketplace on Dec. 2
November 8, 2017

A festive morning is planned at the Roeland Park Community Center on Dec. 2 when kids can do their Christmas shopping during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Now in its fifth year, Holiday Marketplace is the name of this event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.  While this event is for all ages, it is meant primarily to provide a special holiday shopping experience for youngsters ages two to about nine years old. Participants will find an array of items priced at $10 or less, meant as potential gifts for family and friends. As part of the shopping experience, volunteers will be on hand to help young shoppers make smart decisions with the money that mom or dad has provided for them, and there will be a free gift wrapping station. Children will also enjoy a visit from Santa, and holiday crafts.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. Look for the keywords “holiday event.”

This event is free to attend and lunch and gingerbread house making will be available for purchase. The Roeland Park Community Center is located at 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park.

For those interested in selling at the event, booth space is still available. The cost for vendors is $30 for a booth space, including two chairs and a table.  Items being sold must be handmade and be priced under $10, including tax. For more information, call Lisa at (913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org. To register for booth space online at jcprd.com, click on the “Register for Activities” link at www.jcprd.com and search for barcode 40427.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

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November 29, 2017 | 10:00 am to 11:30 am

50 Plus Coffee, Cakes, and Coordinators

December 2, 2017 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Holiday Marketplace

December 14, 2017 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

50 Plus Holiday Sweater Party

December 16, 2017 | 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Winter Solstice Celebration

December 22, 2017 | 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

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