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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

Discover Fulton, Mo., during 50 Plus day trip on March 2
February 9, 2017

National treasures and delights of the small and vibrant town of Fulton in central Missouri are the destinations of an early March day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Postcards From Fulton is the name of this trip. Participants will visit Backer Auto World Museum to see the car collection originally started by William Backer, former owner of Backer's Potato Chips. The museum feature more than 75 cars, including a Model T, a 1907 Reo Touring, and much more. Travelers will stop for lunch at the beautiful dining hall of Westminster College, which include vaulted ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers. After lunch, the group will visit the National Churchill Museum on the Westminster Campus. Home to more than 10,000 objects, including many personal papers and articles from the former British Prime Minister's life. 

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at  8  a.m. on Thursday, March 2,  from Antioch Park 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is for this nine-hour day trip, including  lunch, museum admissions, and transportation,   is $79 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36998.

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.

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

Missouri's Wallace State Park is March 1 destination for 50 Plus Spring Strolling program
February 9, 2017

Located just north of Kansas City, Missouri's Wallace State Park is the next destination for the Spring Strolling program being  offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This series of three walks are intended as opportunities for participants to make new friends while exploring the great outdoors. The first walk on Feb. 15 took participants out on JCPRD's the Gary L. Haller Trail, and a planned April 5 will take walkers to Prairie Spirit Trail State Park (barcode 36927).

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, and a few dollars in case we decide to stop for ice cream.  

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.”

The Wallace State Park walk on March 1 will  offer views into the farming and pioneer heritage of the region.  The trails provide a variety of walk options, but do include some inclines, and therefore, this walk will require a moderate level of exertion. For more information or to register for this walk, 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 36926.

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.

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

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on March 1 & 22 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
February 9, 2017

The winter and spring season of Animals Tales Storytime sessions will continue during March at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn on March 1 and 22.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “storytelling.”

March sessions include a program on March. 1, when the theme is Animal Babies;" and a March 22 session when the theme is, "Mother Nature Visits." Other upcoming sessions this season include April 5, "Turtle Time;" and April 19, "What's That Bug?"

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

 

JCPRD summer park hours begin March 1
February 9, 2017

Summer hours of  5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect March 1 for many Johnson County Park &  Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900  Renner Road, Shawnee;  and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Other District parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township, Stilwell Community Park, 207th and Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points. 

For more information, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 888-4713.

Mardi Gras Mah Jongg Party for 50 Plus planned for Feb. 28 in Roeland Park
February 9, 2017

“Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Let the good times roll at a Mardi Gras marathon of Mah Jongg being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This new special event is called the Mardi Gras Mah Jongg Party, and will take place on Feb. 28 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park. Bring your friends, favorite foursome, or meet new players and enter to win prizes. We’ll keep you energized this Fat Tuesday with coffee, snacks, lunch, and dessert. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under hobbies & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”

The fun begins at 9 a.m.. The cost for this six-hour program  is $13 per person. Please register for the Mardi Gras Mah Jongg Party before Feb. 23. For more information or to sign up, 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 36932.

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.

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

 

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