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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

Haunted Kansas event returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 19
September 24, 2019

As darkness falls, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago during a special event being offered in late October by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Now in its eleventh year, the program is called Haunted Kansas and is for ages eight and older. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Characters from the past will share legends around the campfire.  Expect a shiver down the spine and a mild case of goose bumps for those who dare enter the forest on this autumn evening. Group sessions begin every 15 minutes and the program lasts about an hour and a half. This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately. 

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

Haunted Kansas sessions will begin from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost per person, including adults, is $5  for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents,  in advance, or $8 per person on the day of the event, if space is available. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for any of the codes listed below. 

For the 6:30 p.m. session, search for 23662. Codes for the other sessions are as follows: 6:45 p.m., course ID 23664; 7 p.m., course ID 23665; 7:15 p.m., course ID 23666; 7:30 p.m., course ID 23667; and 7:45 p.m., course ID 23669. For more information about this program call (913) 826-2800.

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

Trick-or-Cache offered three times on Oct. 18 in Antioch Park
September 24, 2019

Experience Trick-or-Cache this Halloween through a program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late October.

Trick-or-Cache is the name of the Halloween-themed program, which is for all ages. Participants will search for caches hidden around Antioch Park using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). GPS units, a tutorial, and a meal, are included during this modern-day scavenger hunt. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Participants registering as a family will be loaned one GPS unit per family. Those registering as individuals will each be loaned a GPS unit.  Costumes are encouraged, and those registering for the evening session should bring a flashlight. Join us after your haunted hunt for hotdogs, s’mores, and spooky stories around the fire circle. 

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 “geocaching.”

Trick-or-Cache is being offered three times on Friday, Oct. 18. All three sessions will begin at Shelter #2 in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. One session will begin at 4:30 p.m. (course ID 23772), another will begin at 5:30 p.m. (course ID 23773), and the third will begin at 6:30 p.m. (course ID 23775). The cost for one two-hour outing is $13 per person for Johnson County residents or $14 per person for nonresidents. Two different family package rates are also offered, including one for $33 for Johnson County residents or $36 for nonresidents for up to four people, and another for $42 for Johnson County residents or $46 for nonresidents for up to seven people.  The preregistration deadline for this program is Oct. 15.

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 “Register for Activities,” and perform a search for any of the course IDs listed above. 

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

 

Live Well Age Well event is Oct. 18 at Marriott Overland Park
September 24, 2019

Spend the day enjoying vendors, screenings, and sessions on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County when the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department presents a special event in late October called Live Well Age Well.

Previously called Senior Fest, this free event is now in its ninth year, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Marriott Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Participants can experience what JCPRD has to offer through a variety of program demonstrations. Meet and explore the many businesses and services available to you or your aging loved ones. The event schedule includes a welcome and presentation by retired FBI Agent Jeff Lanza titled Hoodlums to Hackers: How to Prevent Cybercrime and Identity Theft. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. vender exhibits and a variety of health screenings will be open. From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., bingo games and educational sessions will take place. 

This event is brought to you by JCPRD in partnership with Barry Law, gold sponsors Advent Health, Cigna, Sunflower Health Plan, and the Shawnee Gardens Health Care and Rehab Center, and event sponsor Johnson County Funeral Chapel & Memorial Park. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events, and then under 50 Plus. Look for the keywords “special event.”

For more information about this event, go to jcprd.com/livewellagewell or call (913) 826-2975. The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for Oct. 15 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
September 24, 2019

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge, but donations are welcome. 

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 17 years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director. 

For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160. 

JCPRD board seeks input on name for observation tower and future park
September 23, 2019

A mid-October deadline has been set for public input on proposed permanent names being considered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for an observation tower and a new park property.

During its Sept. 18 regular monthly meeting, the Johnson County Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners tentatively approved the name Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower for the tower project currently under construction in Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, as well as the name Arthur and Betty Verhaeghe Park, for the future park to be located near the intersection of 167th and Flint Street. 

Both of the proposed names honor former owners of the respective properties who donated land and/or money towards the JCPRD projects. It is anticipated both projects will open later in 2019.

Construction of the observation tower in Kill Creek Park got under way in November 2018, and a late 2019 completion is expected.  The 45-foot tower will have an elevator and stairs, and will afford 360-degree views of the surrounding lake and prairie areas.

Development of Verhaeghe Park got under way earlier this year. This 11-acre property is located about halfway through the 3.4 miles of the Coffee Creek Streamway Park, which opened in October 2017, and will serve as a trailhead and access point for that trail. Planned amenities will include a picnic shelter, playground, community garden, drinking fountain, and parking lot.

In accordance with JCPRD policy, the board is currently seeking input from the public on the proposed park and project names. For consideration prior to the formal naming of the properties, input must be received on or before Oct. 18.  Comments and/or alternate suggestions may be submitted to the board by sending an email to chairman@jcprd.com or by sending a letter to: Board Chair, JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219. 

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