Shawnee Mission Park, a multi-use, 1,600-acre park is located at 79th and Renner Road in Shawnee, Kansas. The land was purchased through the district's initial bond issue in 1956 and officially dedicated on May 30, 1964. It is the largest park in the county and the most visited park in the entire state of Kansas.
Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. Our beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, and much more. The park also has twelve spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre dog off-leash area, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In season, there are canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats available for rent at the marina.
Before heading out to explore Shawnee Mission Park, be sure to visit the John Barkley Visitor Center where you can view a unique exhibit of the history of national and local parks as well as obtain copies of all the JCPRD park maps and trail guides. The Visitor Center also has a selection of local interest books and orienteering course packets for sale. It is also a purchasing location for Kansas State fishing licenses, JCPRD park permits for metal detecting, model rocketry, remote controlled vehicles, fishing, boating, and archery.