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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

Overnight fishing opportunities set for July 15 and 22 at JCPRD lakes
June 21, 2017

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays planned this summer at Heritage Park, and the third of four at Shawnee Mission Park are planned in July. This year's Overnight Fishing Saturdays began in mid-May and involve nine dates at four Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks.

The next Heritage Park overnight fishing opportunity is July 15, while the opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park is July 22. After 11 p.m. on these respective dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset.

To find the overnight fishing events in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”

Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park & Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, at the Visitor’s Service Counter at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

This year’s remaining Overnight Fishing Saturdays at are planned for Aug. 19 at Shawnee Mission Park, Aug. 12 at Kill Creek Park, and Sept. 16 at the new Lexington Lake Park, which will open this summer.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Lexington Lake Park is located north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. Specific directions will be publicized once the park opens.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs continue on July 7, 14, & 21
June 16, 2017

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

To find this program in the My 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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”

July presentations are:

July 7Animal Exploration - Join one of our park police officers as they tell stories of their animal encounters in our Johnson County parks.   A few critters have been spotted close to where you will be sitting!  Discover how park police safely search for critters while protecting the animals.  See cool items found in the parks and view live animals up close.

July 14: Wildlife Who's Who - Meet an amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Learn about these animals and discover their similarities and differences.

July 21: Kansas Symbols - Celebrate the birthday of Kansas with the American bison, tiger salamander, and sunflower, just a few of the natural symbols of our great state! With hands-on items and live animals, participants will compare the basic needs of nature, plants, and animals and learn how different organisms use special adaptations and senses to survive in their respective environments.   

For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 764-7759.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on July 5 & 19 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
June 7, 2017

Animal Tales Storytime sessions will continue during July  at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during sessions on July 5 and 19.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

July sessions include a program on July 5 when the theme is “Snake Surprise;" and a July 19 session called "Turtle Time." Each session takes place on a Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

50 Plus Bingo programs continue on June 7 & 14
May 17, 2017

"Fiesta" and "4th of July" are the themes of bingo game sessions being offered in June by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

All bingo sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Bingo prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required.

To find this program in the My JCPRD 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.”

"Fiesta" is the theme for the first  June bingo session on June 7 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,  11902 Lowell, Overland Park (barcode 39147);  while a session called "4th of July" will take place on June 14  at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee (barcode 39148).

Other upcoming 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include:  "Baseball" on July 19 at the Sunset Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe (barcode 39149); "Ice Cream Sundae" on July 27  at the Roeland Park Community Center (barcode 39150);  and "Back to School" on Aug. 16  at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center (barcode 39151).

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for the five-digit codes listed  above.

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 the My JCPRD  Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.


2017 season of Movies in the Park begins on June 6 with “Moana”
May 17, 2017

On June 6, a recent animated Disney favorite kicks off a schedule of films planned for the Movies in the Park program this summer at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s The Theatre in the Park.

Through this program, a total of four films will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Beginning June 6, films will screen on specific Tuesday nights during the theatre’s regular season. Films will begin between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m., depending on sunset, and the cost is only $1 per person. Gates open on movie nights at 7:30 p.m.

To kick off this year’s program, Disney Animation Studio’s “Moana,” will be shown on June 6, and the Illumination Entertainment movie “Sing” will be shown on June 20. Other movie nights in the series include: a July 18 showing of “Pitch Perfect;” an Aug. 1 showing of Pixar Animation Studio’s “Finding Dory;”

With the sole exception of “Pitch Perfect;” which is Rated PG-13, all of this year’s films are rated PG. For more about this year’s film lineup, 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.