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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

2015 Fall Hayrides offered for organized groups at two parks

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park & Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one hour campfire. The cost is $6.50 per person or a minimum of $75 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.

Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 19 and Nov. 22. Hayrides take place seven days a week during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

To find this program in the 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 keyword "hayrides."

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 27, while the other will take place on Nov. 8. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is $6.50 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. To register, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green "Register for Activities" button and complete a barcode search for 29800 for the Sept. 27 ride or 29801 for the Nov. 8 ride.

New Horizons offers beginner lessons and band rehearsals, both beginning Aug. 25

Calling all music lovers! Dig out your old instrument and join a group of fun-loving musicians age 50 and beyond in the New Horizons Band. The group will begin band rehearsals and beginner lessons, both starting Aug. 25 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is currently open to anyone with an instrument and some musical background. The band includes brass, woodwind, and percussion and offers an opportunity to play in small groups and band practice. The band's director is Dr. Lindsey Williams, Assistant Professor of Music Education at UMKC's Conservatory of Music.

Rehearsals for the New Horizons Band take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday beginning Aug. 25. The cost for 17 two-hour sessions is $70 per person for Johnson County residents or $77 per person for nonresidents. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the "Register for Activities" link and complete a barcode search for 28575.

Also offered are Beginner Lessons for folks who have always wanted to play in a band but never learned an instrument. Standard band instruments including flute, clarinet, trombone, percussion, and more, are taught with the needs of non-traditional students in mind. No prior music knowledge or experience is needed. A pre-owned, rented, or purchased instrument is required. Each class includes one hour of lessons and one hour of band practice. The transition into performing with the New Horizons Band is available at the student's comfort level. Beginner lessons also take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday beginning Aug. 25. The cost for seven two-hour sessions is $29 per person for Johnson County residents or $32 for person for nonresidents. To register online for this program, search for barcode 28572.

To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under fine and performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "performing group music."

While the 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 District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

JCPRD beaches and marinas to end summer season on Aug. 2

Time is quickly winding down to take advantage of the summer season for two beaches and two marinas operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The facilities include:

  • The Shawnee Mission Park Beach and Shawnee Mission Park Marina, both located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and,
  • Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

All four facilities will close for their regular summer seasons on August 2.

Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Beach will be open from   noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday through Aug. 2. 

Kill Creek Park Beach will be open only on weekends with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m., also through Aug. 2. Daily rates at either facility for children 12 and under adults over 50 are $3 for Johnson County residents or $3.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults is $5 for Johnson County residents or $5.50 for nonresidents. Both beaches accept cash only. 

Also ending their summer operating hours on Aug. 2 are the marinas at both parks.

Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily  (last rentals at 6 p.m.) and the Kill Creek Park Marina will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Following the close of the summer season, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will continue to be open on weekends on Aug. 8-9, Aug. 15-16, Aug. 22-23, Aug. 29-30, and Sept. 5-7.

For more information during operating hours, call 913-888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, 913-492-2157 for Shawnee Mission Park Beach, or 913-583-3661 for Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina. During non-operating hours, call 913-432-1377.

Get ready for the Johnson County Fair

The Johnson County Fair starts Monday, July 27 and runs through August 1. Check out the Fair's website to learn about all the exciting events and activities offered this year:

Johnson County Fair website

Second and final Overnight Fishing Opportunity at Kill Creek Park is Aug. 15

The second and final  overnight fishing opportunities planned at Kill Creek Park Lake during 2015 will take place on Aug. 15. Also during August, the fourth and final overnight fishing opportunity of the year at Shawnee Mission Park Lake will take place on Aug. 22.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. To find this program in the 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 keyword “fishing.”

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. No additional fees are charged for participating in overnight events, but before fishing  in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, while Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Visitor Center at (913) 888-4713.

Free Pickleball Summer Potluck event is Aug. 13 at New Century Fieldhouse

The second-annual Regional Pickleball Tournament coming up in late August will be the topic of discussion when  a Summer Pickleball Potluck is presented in mid-August by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This Summer Pickleball Potluck  will take place on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. This is a chance to get to know your fellow players better and to discuss plans for the Aug. 21 regional tournament, including possible volunteer referees. This free one-hour event will take place beginning at noon. Participants are asked to bring whatever they'd like - a side dish, dessert, or appetizer. Main dish and drinks will be provided.

Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles.

To find the potluck event in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog, browse first under 50 plus and then under sports. In the catalog,  look for the keyword “pickleball.” This event is free, those who would like to participate are asked to sign up on a sheet available at the front counter at New Century.

While the 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 District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken. 

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information, call (913) 826-2859. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

“Annie Warbucks” starts tonight at Theatre in the Park

The curtain goes up on Friday, July 17, for “Annie Warbucks” at The Theatre in the Park. The show will also be performed July 18-19 and July 22-25. It is rated G.

The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. All performances last approximately 2 ½ hours.

Tickets are $8 for general admission; $6 for youth (sages 4-10); children 3 and younger are free (but require a ticket). Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatreinthepark.org or at the box office the nights of performance.

The Theatre in the Park, a program of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is located in Shawnee Mission Park at 7720 Renner Road, Shawnee.

50 Plus presents Marvelous Mystery Tour Day Trip on Aug. 6

Head out of town for a fun surprise adventure on a mystery motorcoach day trip being offered in early August by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This trip is called Marvelous Mystery Tour. Participants will discover clues along the way, which will point the way to your final destination. A step-on expert will entertain and guide you to interesting destinations along the way.  Enjoy lunch at a unique restaurant. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 6 p.m. that night. The cost for this nine-hour trip is $69 per person and includes lunch.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 28384.

While the 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 District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information  or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

“The Box Trolls” is the first of four August movies at The Theatre in the Park

An Aug. 4 screening of  “The Box Trolls” is the first of four movies being shown during August as part of  The Theatre in the Park’s summer Movies in the Park program.

Through this program, a total of eight films will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the theatre stage on specified summer nights when musical productions are not scheduled. Films screen every other Tuesday during the theatre’s regular season, and then move to Saturday nights once the theatre’s summer season ends on Aug. 8. 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.

August movies include: an Aug. 4 showing of “The Box Trolls;” an Aug. 15 showing of “Paddington;” an Aug. 29 showing of the animated musical “Strange Magic” from earlier this year. The movie scheduled for Aug. 22 is yet to be announced.

All of these 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 Capitol Federal.

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. 

Busy week at the Theatre in the Park

If the weather holds up, the Theatre in the Park offers great opportunities for entertainment this week.

“Into the Woods” is the featured attraction at tonight's "Movies in the Park. The movie is rated PG. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30-8:45 p.m. Cost is $1 per person. To see all the movie titles, visit: http://www.theatreinthepark.org/movies.

The Theatre in the Park's production of “The Secret Garden,” which opened on June 3, will be performed July 8-11. It is rated G. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the gates at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. All performances last approximately 2 ½ hours.

There is a lot of great information available at www.theatreinthepark.org. To stay up to date on weather-related announcements, we encourage you to follow the Theatre in the Park on Facebook and Twitter.

          

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