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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

Pee Wee Fall Soccer League deadlines coming up in early August
July 12, 2017

Deadlines are quickly approaching for signing up for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Pee Wee Soccer League at Thomas S. Stoll Park and New Century Fieldhouse. Aug. 4 is the deadline at Stoll, while Aug. 11 is the final deadline at New Century. This program is designed for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through kindergarten, ages four to six, and games begin Sept. 9.

Like JCPRD leagues for older youth, this league’s philosophy is to enrich the youth of the community via the game of soccer while enhancing participant’s social skills and team play in a fun and exciting sports environment.  Boys and girls will be on separate teams. The Pee Wee League will meet on six Saturdays and/or Sundays at Stoll or New Century for a 25-minute practice followed by a 24-minute game. The format is 4 v 4 with no goalie and volunteer coaches.

Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park is located at 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park, while New Century Fieldhouse is located at 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner.

To find this program in the JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool, then under sports. In the catalog and online at at jcprd.soccer.com, look for the keyword “soccer.” Online, click on the leagues tab.  

The Stoll Park Pee Wee Soccer League cost is $67 per person.  A late registration fee of $15 per person will apply after the Aug. 4 deadline and placement is no longer guaranteed after that date. If your child is new to the league, a jersey must be purchased at a cost of $15. At New Century, the cost is $50 per child until Aug. 4, when it increases to $60, through the final deadline on Aug. 11. Costs for the New Century league include a game day shirt.

For more information,  visit www.jcprdsoccer.com  or www.newcenturyfieldhouse.com or call (913) 826-2850 or (913) 826-2853.

 

2017 Movies in the Park presentations conclude Aug. 1 with “Finding Dory”
July 12, 2017

The fourth and final presentation in the 2017 Movies in the Park program will take place in early August at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Pixar Animation Studio’s “Finding Dory” will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 1, beginning abut 8:30 p.m. Through the Movies in the Park program, films are shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. The cost is only $1 per person. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. “Finding Dory” is Rated PG. For more information, including ratings information, go to www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.” This year’s Movies in the Park presentations are sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health.

Please note that the theatre’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated.

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. 

September through December issue of JCPRD Activities Catalog available after July 31
July 12, 2017

The next issue of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities Catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on July 28 and in print form the week of July 31. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 31. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between September and December.

The 80-page publication lists more than 500 programs offered by the district through December, plus fall and early winter special events including our new Park Palooza, Fall Hayrides, the Flight of the Monarch event, the JCPRD Women’s Triathlon, Whimsical Woods, Haunted Kansas, the Trick-or-Cache geocaching event, the Mildale Farm Fall Fest, Fall Trout Stockings, Veteran’s Day Celebration, a 50 Plus Travel Show, Breakfast with Santa,  Holiday Marketplace, Winter Solstice Celebration, and many more. Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities and include leagues, classes, seminars, workshops, and trips. Included are programs for infants through senior adults.

My JCPRD Activities catalog is mailed out to approximately 29,000 past participants who have taken part in a district program within the last year. Catalogs will also be available at Johnson County Library Branches, community centers, various businesses, and at district locations.

Updated JCPRD program listings and 24-hour online registration are available on the district’s website at www.jcprd.com

50 Plus plans Catalog Release Party on July 31 in Antioch Park
July 12, 2017

Celebrate the arrival of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's September through December My JCPRD Activities catalog and get the scoop on the programs it contains during a special event being offered by the 50 Plus Department in late July.

This Catalog Release Party will take place on July 31.  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 “Life After 50.”

The Catalog Release Party will take place beginning  at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 31, at the Patio Shelter near Building A in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. This two-hour event is free, but please reserve  your spot by calling (913) 642-6410.

Printed copies of My JCPRD Activities 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 beach and marinas to end their summer seasons on Aug. 6
July 12, 2017

Time is quickly winding down to take advantage of the summer season for one beach and two marinas operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The facilities include: the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. The Shawnee Mission Park Beach did not open this year, as a new beachhouse is under construction and will reopen for the 2018 season.

All three facilities will close for their regular summer seasons on Aug, 6. Until then, Kill Creek Park Beach will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday; noon to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Daily rates for children 12 and under adults over 60 are $3 for Johnson County residents or $3.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults is $5 for Johnson County residents or $5.50 for nonresidents. The beach accepts cash only. 

Even though the beach is closing, special weekly opportunities for triathletes to practice open water swimming will continue at Kill Creek Park Beach through Aug. 28.  Open water swimming is offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The cost is $4 per person for Johnson County residents or $4.50 per person for nonresidents. 

Also ending their summer operating hours on Aug. 6  are the marinas at  both parks. Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily  (last rentals at  6 p.m) and the Kill Creek Park Marina will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Both  marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and paddleboards, which have a weight limit of 220 pounds. Rental rates are listed in the May through August Activities catalog, and on the district's website at www.jcprd.com.  Fishing permits are also available at the marinas. Patrons should be aware that while the Shawnee Mission Park Marina now accepts credit cards, the Kill Creek Park Marina does not and neither facility accepts  checks. 

Following the close of the summer season, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will continue to be open on weekends on Aug. 12 and 13, Aug. 19 and 20, Aug. 26 and 27, and Sept. 2 through 4. The marina will close at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4.

For more information during operating hours, call (913) 888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina or (913) 583-3661 for Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina. In case of inclement weather, call the beaches and marina 24-hour information line at (913) 312-8847.

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