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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

Solar eclipse viewing planned at Antioch, Shawnee Mission, and Heritage parks on Aug. 21!
July 27, 2017

Local convention and visitor bureaus have teamed with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.to make areas of three different parks great options for  free observation of the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Another eclipse-related program at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, which required advance registration, has already filled to capacity.

The free viewing opportunities, called Total Eclipse in the Parks, will take place in Antioch, Shawnee Mission, and Heritage Park. These events are for all ages, and are being hosted by JCPRD in partnership with the Lenexa Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Merriam Visitors Bureau, the Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Shawnee, and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.

For this event, participants are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack plenty of water for late August temperatures, and purchase lunch from local foods trucks which will be in the parks, and then settle in to enjoy the eclipse. For this event, view site hours will be from 11:30  a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Park locations include: Antioch Park Shelter #2, 6501 Antioch, Merriam; The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee; and Heritage Park Shelter #1, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.

The first 200 people at each site will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Since only 200 pairs will be available at each site, participants should be prepared to provide their own viewing device. For more information about Total Eclipse in the Parks, call Karen Crane at (913) 403-8999.

Despite the name of the event,  Johnson County is expected to experience a partial eclipse amounting to about 99.8 percent of the sun obscured by the moon.  Peak viewing here will take place at approximately 1:08 p.m. and will last roughly two minutes. The path of totality is a band 70 miles wide that will move across the U.S. passing to the north of  us. The last total solar eclipse to cast a shadow across the continental United States happened in 1979, though partial eclipses have happened since then.

Wherever you observe the eclipse, remember that viewers are cautioned to wear protective equipment to avoid damaging their eyes.     

Summer Sunflower Bingo event for 50 Plus is Aug. 23 in Antioch Park
July 27, 2017

Celebrate the Kansas state flower with 12 games of bingo and lunch in the park  during a special event being planned in late August by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Summer Sunflower Bingo and will take place on Aug. 23 in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. Grilled burgers, chips, juicy watermelon, dessert, and refreshing lemonade will be served.  This event will take place under Shelter #4 on the north side of the lake.  Bingo winners will be awarded prizes ranging from gift bags to gift certificates with a special blackout prize. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “bingo.”

Summer Sunflower Bingo begins at 10:30 a.m. The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour program  is $15 per person. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 39122.

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. 

Rockin' Rob concert on Aug. 23 is next Kid-Friendly Musical Performance at museum
July 27, 2017

Fun, music, and movement are in store when the Johnson County Museum presents the next in a series of Kid-Friendly Musical Performance in late August. This program will take place at the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in the former King Louie Building, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The next concert is Rockin' Rob on Wednesday, Aug. 23. This completely interactive and educational musical show promotes the benefits of music and movement. The cost for this 45-minute program is $5 per person, or $4 for museum members. To receive their discounts, members must register by calling (913) 831-3359.

Kid-Friendly Musical Performances  are designed for ages two through ten with an adult, and take place beginning at 10 a.m.  To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 38816.

A new series of four Kid-Friendly Musical Performances begins Sept. 27 and will be listed in the September through December My JCPRD Activities catalog, available after July 31.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness 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 Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

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

 

Ernie Miller Nature Center presents new Be Our Guest parent and child dance on Aug. 18
July 19, 2017

Dress to the nines in your finest frocks and ties for a fairytale night being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in mid-August at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

This event is called Be Our Guest and is a parents and child date night for ages five to 12 with an adult. Participants will experience a live animal program where they will learn why they should never judge a beast by its appearance.  To round out the night, there will be dessert, an opportunity to make an enchanted rose craft, and a chance to dance. This is a new program not listed in the My JCPRD Activities catalog.

Be Our Guest will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The cost is  $18 per couple, and $9 per additional guest.  Fees are nonrefundable.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.  To register online, go to www.jcprd.com,  click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen, and perform a barcode search for 39806.

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Johnson County Museum on Aug. 16 or 26
July 19, 2017

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson County Museum’s collections storage facility at the new Arts & Heritage Center during a new special event offered two times and mid and late August.

This Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour is for all ages and is offered on Aug. 16 and again on Aug. 26. Visitors will learn why we collect, how we collect, and the importance of these efforts to our local community. Our collection features over 17,000 3D objects and over one million images. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center facility holds the museum’s two-dimensional collection, including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, and quilts. Scout groups are welcome!

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

These tours will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. One  tour will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 (barcode 39405), while another will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 (barcode 38811). The cost for one 60-minute program is $10 per person for adults, $8 for children one to 18, $9 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $4 for museum members. Members should call (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a search for the barcodes listed above. 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. 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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Upcoming Events

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August 19, 2017 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Senior Follies

August 19, 2017 | 11:00 pm to 5:00 am

Overnight Fishing at Shawnee Mission Park

August 21, 2017 | 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Total Eclipse in the Parks

August 23, 2017 | 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

50 Plus Summer Sunflower Bingo and Cookout in the Park

August 26, 2017 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

JCPRD U Kids Triathlon in Partnership with Charlie’s House