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While people in Johnson County work hard, they like their downtime as well, and we offer many wonderful places for individuals and families to learn, play, relax, be active, and enjoy the outdoors. Johnson County’s dozens of parks, recreation facilities, lakes, and public gardens offer something for everyone. Checkout one of Johnson County’s 13 libraries, spend an afternoon at the Johnson County Museum, or when the weather is warm enjoy a movie or Broadway show at Theatre in The Park. Our recreational amenities play a huge role in Johnson County being a community of choice.

Recreation News

JCPRD winter park hours begin Nov. 1

Winter hours of  7:30  a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park &  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; and Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900  Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Othe 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 have been 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, and 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.

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

JCPRD Children's Services Department conducting Halloween-themed food drive Oct. 24-28

Students enrolled in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's 29 Out of School Time Programs will Trick-or-Treat for canned goods instead of candy again this year. On the Friday before Halloween, they will be going door to door, escorted by staff, into the neighborhoods around their schools to solicit donations for area food pantries.  These kids want to do something to stop hunger.

This program is called Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. Assistance from the general public is also sought as collections boxes will be placed at three JCPRD locations from Oct. 24 through 28. Those sites are: Building A, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam; the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, and the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner. Among the most-needed food items are: canned soup, vegetables, fruit, and meats, boxed meals, peanut butter and jelly, and hot and cold cereal.

Out of School Time sites in the Shawnee Mission School District will be donating their collections to the Feed the Need campaign.  Out of School Time sites in the Gardner and De Soto school districts will be donating their canned goods to their respective local food pantries, which are both in dire need of contributions.

For more information, contact Gardner Children's Services Specialist Lisa Hughes at (913) 856-2493.


All-Electric House has new home

Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, the Johnson County Museum's 1950s All-Electric House was pulled into the future Arts & Heritage Center. The arrival time was about four hours earlier than expected. The early arrival time was due in part to good teamwork, fewer technical issues than anticipated and being able to reach a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour rather than the planned 3-5 mph.

Several media outlets covered the move and we've provided links to their coverage. You can also search #JoCoHouseMove on Twitter to see what others had to say about the move throughout the night.

Kansas City Star


Fox 4




JCPRD summer park hours begin March 1

Summer hours of 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect Tuesday, March 1 for many Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. These summer hours will stay in effect through Oct. 31.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Summer hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 5 a.m. to 10 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 & Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Parks System access points.

For more information, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com or call 913-888-4713.

Put a critter on your gift giving list

During this season of gift-giving, the staff at the Ernie Miller Nature Center would appreciate being added to your list.They have a variety of needs in order to care for a wide variety of creatures. There are several ways you can help them care for the animals at the nature center. From monetary donations, to gift cards or purchasing items they need.


  • Peanuts in shell, no salt
  • Corner wood shelf for chipmunk shelf
  • Large rodent ball – for exercise
  • Sweet potato & whole carrots
  • Rodent Chow for mice

Snakes, Turtles and Toads

  • Reptile water bowls that look like rocks (from pet store)
  • Distilled Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Frozen berries, frozen kernel corn and broccoli
  • Clear critter keepers

Birds of Prey

  • One-quarter inch &/or three-quarter inch rope for perches
  • Masking tape and brown duct tape

Outside critters and general animal care

  • Nitrile disposable gloves
  • Sandwich and quart size zip baggies
  • Disinfecting wipes for cleaning
  • Bird seed: black oil sunflower, safflower seed, suet cakes

Donations may be dropped off at 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, KS, Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, you may contact the center’s staff at (913) 764-7759 or @JCPRDemncnature


Cars in the Park event Saturday to benefit Special Olympians

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 26, in the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. The show will conclude with a cruise through Shawnee Mission Park at 2 p.m. For more information, click here or call (913) 831-3359.

Johnson County Museum to close for one day on Sept. 22

The Johnson County Museum will be closed for one day on Tuesday, September 22 for routine exhibit maintenance. The interactive areas of the Museum, especially the popular KidScape exhibit, receive a lot of wear and tear during the summer months when attendance surges to record highs. The 1950s All-Electric House will be closed to the public as well.

“In July we set an all-time high monthly attendance record with 5,634 visitors. This one day of routine maintenance will ensure the exhibitions are in the best working order for our visitors to enjoy,” said Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum director.

The Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House will reopen on Wednesday, September 23. The Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66217.  For more information about the Johnson County Museum, click here or call 913-715-2550.

Free party in the park this Sunday

For six decades Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) has been bringing the community together with award-winning parks, recreation and educational programs. Celebrate this milestone with JCPRD this Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park (7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66217). 

The celebration will include an awesome display of giant kites by the Kansas City Kite Club; an assortment of family-friendly activites; and lively entertainment by popular Beatles tribute band Liverpool, Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, Travis Marvin, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and magic from Abracadabra Extravaganza.

Best of all, entry to this event is free for all ages. For performance schedules and additional details, go to jcprd.com

Happy birthday, 6 by 6!

Happy birthday! Our 6 by 6, Ready to Read program is turning 6 years old this month and we are ready to celebrate this Saturday! This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read. Various celebratory activities are happening at several Johnson County Library locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Click here for details! 

Patriot Golf Days this weekend

Golfers who come to Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) golf courses on the weekend of Sept. 4 through 7 will be asked to consider giving a donation to help ensure the future of families of wounded or fallen soldiers.

This will be the ninth year the local courses join in the nationwide observation of Patriot Golf Days. All proceeds will go to The Folds of Honor Foundation, which awards scholarships to the children of military members who have been seriously disabled or have given their lives in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq. This event began in 2007 and was hugely successful, raising more than $1.1 million from 3,200 golf facilities nationwide. More than $2,000 has been collected during previous events at the local courses alone.

JCPRD courses include the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course at 17501 Midland Drive in Shawnee and the Heritage Park Golf Course at 16445 S. Lackman Road in Olathe.

The JCPRD's activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at jcprd.com. Please note that county offices are closed Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

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