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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

Western parking lot at Shawnee Mission Park Off-Leash Area to be closed for removal and replacement beginning in March
March 8, 2017

The western parking lot at the Shawnee Mission Park Dog Off-Leash Area will be closed to the public beginning in mid-March as the lot is replaced and expanded, Johnson County Park & Recreation District officials announced.

The off-leash area itself is not closing at this time, and the closer eastern parking lot will remain open, although officials warn that parking will be extremely limited during this project, which could take up to 180 days to complete. A temporary driveway will allow patrons to access the off-leash parking lot from the western edge of the eastern lot.

When completed, the existing western parking lot's 32 parking spaces will be replaced with a double-wide 68-space lot which will be expanded to the west and include handicapped parking spaces compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Patrons may notice park maintenance crews removing the chain-link fence on the western side of the parking lot in the coming week in preparation for the parking lot replacement project, and the placement of fill dirt to the west where the new portion of the lot will be located.

While no timeframe has been set at this time, officials are anticipating another project within the Shawnee Mission Park Off-Leash Area, which is expected to completely close the facility for about two weeks later this year. That project will involve paving the main trail from the parking lot all the way to the beach to make it ADA accessible.

Shawnee Mission Park is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Regular park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. 

May through August issue of JCPRD Activities catalog available after March 27
March 6, 2017

The next issue of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Activities catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on March 24 and in print form the week of March 27. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between May and August.

The publication lists more than 800 programs offered by the district though August. This issue will also include information about the HP3 Duathlon,  the Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon, and  Women's Triathlon as well as other popular spring and summer events including: Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids, A Day in the Park,  Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs,  the Great American Family Campout, and much 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 toddlers through senior adults. Registration for classes in the next catalog will begin immediately after catalogs arrive. The majority of programs start on or after May 1. 

The 2017 Camp Guide includes information about 77 JCPRD summer camp programs, with additional summer camps inside the regular catalog. These include full-day programs beginning weekly from June 5 through July 31, as well as a number of specialty camps offered throughout the summer. The camp guide was first made available as a separate publication and online in early February, so be sure to sign up early for your best choice of camp programs.

The Activities catalog is mailed out to approximately 20,000 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

JCPRD 50 Plus Bingo continues on March 10, 23, and 29
February 17, 2017

Three themed bingo sessions at three locations are being planned during March by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

"Bubbles" is the theme for a bingo session on March 10 which will take place at the  Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee  (barcode 36934).  "Clovers" is the theme for a session on March 23 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park  (barcode 36935). "50’s Fads" is the theme for a session on March 29 at the Matt Ross Community Center , 8108 Marty St., Overland Park (barcode 36937).

Each bingo session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Prizes range from gift certificates to local restaurants to gift packs. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required. Please RSVP by calling (913) 831-3359. Participants can pay in advance or at the door.

The final bingo session of the current season is "Cupcake" on April 26  at the  Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park (barcode 36938).

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”                                 

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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April 5, 2017 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Animal Tales Storytime - Turtle Time

April 7, 2017 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

*Cancelled - 50 Plus Catalog Release Party

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt

April 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Trucks and Big Rigs for Kids

April 8, 2017 | 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt