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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

Be a part of an 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 27 the Johnson County Museum!
October 3, 2018

A regional historical reenactors group will give participants a taste of what local government was like 150+ years ago during a new special event being presented by the Johnson County Museum in late October.

This Interactive 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting will take participants back to Territorial Kansas, where pro-slavery and free staters lived side-by-side. Join the Lecompton Reenactors for the town hall meeting, then stay to meet a reenactor portraying James Lane, a partisan during the Bleeding Kansas period that immediately preceded the American Civil War, a United States Senator, and as a general for the Union during the war.

The Lecompton Reenactors is a group dedicated to research, and study of the Territorial Kansas era of 1854-1861, as well as to education about that time through living history interpretation.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under fun for all. In the printed catalog, look for the keywords “family fun.”

This Interactive 1850s Kansas Town Hall Meeting will take at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The cost for one 60-minute program is regular museum admission: $5 per person for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older, $3 for children one to 18, and museum members are free. No advance registration is necessary for this drop-in program.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Fall Trout Stockings planned at two JCPRD lakes on Oct. 24
October 3, 2018

Come watch as 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes in late October.

The fall stockings will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at each respective lake’s boat ramp. Stocking of about 1,000 pounds of trout at Kill Creek Park will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m., and stocking of about 2,000 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The district’s rainbow trout program is totally funded by fees collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout.

Before fishing for trout in district waters, anglers age 16 and older will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. All persons, regardless of age or residency, must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of four) or release the trout you catch. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, at the Visitors Services counter in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

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 keywords “fish stocking.”

2019 trout stockings will take place in late February, mid-March and late October.

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; and Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. For more information on this program, please contact Visitor Services in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713.

New Haunted History Hayride set for Oct. 25 in Shawnee Mission Park
October 3, 2018

Hear ghost stories from the past to learn about the history of this region during a new Haunted History Hayride  being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late October at the Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park.

This special event is recommended for ages eight and older and is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25.  A storyteller will entertain the hayride participants with spirited tales of long ago. Then as dark shadows gather around, riders will enjoy the fire with cider and marshmallows. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

This Haunted History Hayride will take place beginning at 6  p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Oak Ridge Parklands in Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. The cost for one two-hour program is $9  per person, including adults,  for Johnson County residents or $10 per person for nonresidents, and advance registration is required. The hayride portion will last approximately 60 minutes, and will be followed by a 60-minute campfire with apple cider and marshmallows. 

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

To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

For anyone interested in JCPRD's regular fall group hayrides, spaces are available through Nov. 18 at both Shawnee Mission Park and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Organized group hayrides cost $7 per person but require a minimum of $80. Hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

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

Cars in the Park event on Oct. 20 benefits Special Olympians
September 27, 2018

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a major annual fundraiser for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available for purchase.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. Part of the fun is seeing what area residents dust off and retrieve from their garages to display. Participant choice judging will be used for awards. There will also be food vendors, 50/50 Pot, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, a DJ, and more!

All proceeds from Cars in the Park benefit the JCPRD’s Special Olympics / Special Populations department. Specifically, these funds are typically used to help athletes afford to participate in activities.

For anyone interested in entering the show, vehicle registrations are being taken through the day of the event. All participants must be registered and on-site by noon to be judged. Special Olympian athletes will be voting on their favorite entry for the Athletes Choice Award. For those exhibiting vehicles, the fee is $20 per vehicle until the day of the show when it increases to $25. For participants, there will be a 50/50 pot. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities” button and complete a course ID search for 40292.

For businesses, Cars in the Park also offers booth space during the event for $50. To learn more, call Special Populations Coordinator Jodie McMahon at (913) 831-3355 or (913) 826-3027, or visit www.jcprd.com/carsinthepark.

 

The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park and is accessible via a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.

Haunted Kansas program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 20
September 27, 2018

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 tenth year, the program is called Haunted Kansas and is for ages eight and older, and 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. 20 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 or register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the time listed below.

Register for the 6:30 p.m. session, 6:45 p.m.; 7 p.m.7:15 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; and 7:45 p.m. 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.

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