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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

Sunday Family Series begins Jan. 6 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
December 12, 2018

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in January for Sunday Family Nature Programs. Presentations  begin at 2 p.m., last about 45 minutes, and are designed for all ages. A charge of $3 per person, payable at the site, helps cover the cost of the programs; children under two  are free. 

January presentations will include:

  • Jan. 6: Weird Wonders of Wildlife - Discover unusual wildlife found in Kansas and their strange adaptations. See a legless lizard, a stick insect, and other weird animals.
  • Jan. 13: Killer Beaks and Feet - See live raptors, and discover their adaptations that make them such excellent hunters. 
  • Jan. 20: Snakes Alive - See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world.
  • Jan. 27: Kansas Symbols  - Celebrate Kansas' Statehood Day, which this year falls on Jan. 29! See some of the natural symbols live and in person, including live animals.

The Sunday Family Series will continue in February with “Know Your Scat” on Feb. 3; “Ferrets in Kansas” on Feb. 10; “Furs and the Frontier” on Feb. 17; and “Wildlife Who’s Who” on Feb. 24.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and is located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

To find these programs 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 keywords “nature programs.” For more information on the Sunday nature programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Johnson County Museum offers new escape room experience at Lanesfield Historic Site by appointment
December 12, 2018

Solve the mystery of the missing school marm during a new escape-room style adventure being offered by appointment at the Johnson County Museum's Lanesfield Historic Site near Edgerton

This program is called Scandal in the Schoolhouse - A Historic Escape Room Experience, and is recommended for ages ten and older, and is available for groups by appointment. Scandal in the Schoolhouse is available from Jan. 5 through March 30. For this one-hour program, the cost is $50 for two people, or $20 per person for three to eight people. Schedule your escape room experience at least a week in advance by calling the museum (913) 715-2570.

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. 

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. 

 The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

JCPRD winter park hours begin Nov. 1
October 17, 2018

Winter hours of  7:30  a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park and  Recreation District parks. These winter hours will stay in effect through Feb. 28.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe;  Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Lexington Lake  Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto; Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; and Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton. Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900  Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, are 6 a.m. to 8 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 Park System access points.  

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of a staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

As of  Oct. 15, outdoor restrooms and water fountains in JCPRD parks are in the process of being turned off and weatherized to avoid damage from freezing. Notable exceptions are the "off-the-grid" restroom at the Heritage Park Off-Leash Dog Area, which uses solar panels on the roof to heat water in a tubing system to provide radiant heat to the building, restrooms in the foyer area of the new addition to the JCPRD Administration Building near the 79th St. entrance in Shawnee Mission Park, which are climate controlled and will remain open during park hours throughout the year; and two restrooms in the recently-opened Big Bull Creek, including one at the combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation located at 19770 Four Corners Road, and another near the nature-themed playground at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton.

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 438-7275.

JCCC request will be agenda item during Oct. 17 park board meeting
October 12, 2018

A Johnson County Community College request for an emergency egress route through Stoll Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park, will be a discussion/action item when the Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners conducts its regular monthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The public is welcome to attend this meeting and make comment on this issue if so desired. See the meeting agenda.

 

Consideration of this item at the park board meeting follows two well-attended "listening meetings"  on this request conducted  by the college on campus on Sept. 18 and Oct. 3, as well as several public comments on the issue during the park board's Sept. 19 meeting.

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