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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 program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 22
September 29, 2016

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 & Recreation District.

Now in its eighth 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 JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth  and then under special events. 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. 22 at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, in advance, or $7 on the day of the event. Register by calling (913) 831-3359 or online by following the green “Register for Activities” link at www.jcprd.com, and then completing a barcode search for any of the codes listed below. For the 6:30 p.m. session, search for 34882. Codes for the other sessions are as follows: 6:45 p.m., barcode 34883; 7 p.m., barcode 34884; 7:15 p.m., barcode 34885; 7:30 p.m., barcode 34886; and 7:45 p.m., barcode 34887. For more information about this program call (913) 764-7759.

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

Trick-or-Cache offered twice on Oct. 21 in Antioch Park
September 29, 2016

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

Trick-or-Cache is the name of the Halloween-themed program, which is for all ages. Participant will learn to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to track a cache filled with candy and trinkets in a fun relaxed environment. GPS units will be provided on this modern-day scavenger hunt for Halloween treats. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are encouraged, and those registering for the evening session should bring a flashlight. 

To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 “geocaching.”

Trick-or-Cache is being offered twice on Friday, Oct. 21. Both sessions will begin at Shelter #2 in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. One session will begin at 11 a.m., while the other will begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost for one two-hour outing is $12 per person for Johnson County residents or $14 per person for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is also offered at a cost of $30 for Johnson County residents or $33 for nonresidents.  The preregistration deadline for this program is Oct. 17.

For more information or to register, 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 35453 for the 11 a.m. session, or 35454 for the 5:30 p.m. session.

This program is also eligible for credit in the Environmental dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and awards. To register for JCPRD U, call (913) 826-2950.

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

Trick-or-Cache - Two Sessions!
September 15, 2016

Try out a new family activity this Halloween! Search for caches filled with candy and trinkets hidden around Antioch Park using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). GPS units, a tutorial, and 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 encouraged! If registering for the evening session, bring a flashlight. Join us after your haunted hunt for hotdogs, s’mores, and spooky stories around the fire circle across from Shelter #2.  This exciting event is just $12 per person ($14 nonresidents), or $30 for a family of four or less ($33 nonresidents).  Register today by going to www.jcprd.com, and then follow the “Register for Activities” link and search for program barcode 35453 for the 11 a.m. session or 35454 for the 5:30 p.m. session. Please register by October 17.


Upcoming Events

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October 22, 2016 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Haunted Kansas

October 22, 2016 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

*Cancelled - 50 Plus Country Dance

October 24, 2016 | 10:15 am to 10:45 am

Out-of-Library Storytime

October 26, 2016 | 10:00 am to 10:45 am

The Rockin’ Rob Show at Mill Creek Activity Center

October 26, 2016 | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

2016 Fall Trout Program