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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

Grandparents and Grandkids invited to Oct. 25 Halloween Party at New Century Fieldhouse

All monsters, mummies, and zombies are invited to an intergenerational Halloween Party at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's New Century Fieldhouse near Gardner in late October.

This new special event is being presented by JCPRD's 50 Plus Department and is for grandparents and their grandchildren; who will be more scared? Participants will traipse through the spookily-enhanced fieldhouse. Activities will include a chance to brave the haunted hallway, and stroll the trunk or treat aisle.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 keywords “holiday event.”

The party begins at 5 p.m. The cost for one three-hour event is $6 per person. Be sure to register for this event by Oct. 20. 

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 or (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

 

Trick-or-Cache program planned at Antioch Park on Oct. 25

Experience Trick-or-Cache this Halloween through a program being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late October.

Trick-or-Cache is the name of the Halloween-themed program, which is for all ages. Participant will learn to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to track a cache in a fun relaxed environment. GPS units will be provided on this modern-day scavenger hunt for Halloween treats. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  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 “geocaching.”

Trick-or-Cache will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Shelter #2 at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. The cost for one two-hour outing is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is also offered at a cost of $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents.  The preregistration deadline for this program is Oct. 17.

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, see the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

 

This year's Mildale Farm Fall Fest set for Oct. 25

Bring the family and spend the day exploring the Mildale Farm property and enjoying a number of activities during the annual free Mildale Farm Fall Fest being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for Oct. 25.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres of agricultural property, all of which was purchased by the district in 2005. Visitors will be directed to park in the large parking lot near Mildale Farm's main barn.

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 keywords “family fun.”

A number of fall-related activities are being planned for the event, all of which will be free to the public. A large pumpkin patch will be situated in front of the main barn. Children 12 and under can pick out a pumpkin. Cider and hot cocoa will be provided in the barn, as will information on other District programs and activities. A tractor-drawn shuttle will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling. A putting green with kid-sized clubs is also available and horse-drawn hayrides are planned.

Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area will also be offered during Fall Fest. While District fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license.

Visitors can also explore and picnic on the grounds. Restrooms will be available, but the property's two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals and has been utilized as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as park rules in place on other District properties. Among them: no alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park Police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St.  From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right to 199th Street. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left to 199th Street. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm which will be on your right.

Senior Fest is Oct. 23 at the Ritz Charles

Join un for a fun-filled Senior Fest and learn more about what our community has to offer you when the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department presents this event for a fourth year in late October.

The event is called Senior Fest and will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park. Admission is free and participants can visit with area businesses, enjoy live local entertainment, play bingo, and have a chance to win door prizes.  To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. Look for the keyword “expo.”

For more information about this event, call (913) 826-3032. The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Fall Trout Stockings planned at three JCPRD lakes on Oct. 22

Come watch as 4,000 pounds of squirming rainbow trout are stocked in three Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes in late October.

The fall stockings will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at each respective lake's boat ramp. Stocking of about 1,000 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at 1:30 p.m.; stocking of about 1,000 pounds of trout at Heritage Park will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 2,000 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, all three lakes will be closed to fishing until at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The district's rainbow trout program is totally funded by funds collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. Before fishing for trout in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit. All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of four) or release the trout you catch. 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.

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 keywords “fish stocking.”

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm, Olathe, and Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, and Lenexa. For more information on this program, please contact the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

Learn about upcoming travel destinations when JCPRD presents a 50 Plus Travel Show on Oct. 21

Learn about domestic and international destinations for upcoming trips being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District during a Travel Show in mid-October.

During this free three-hour event, participants will learn about the exciting trips, including day trips, regional trips, and extended travel opportunities, which JCPRD has to offer. Meet tour professionals who will answer questions and explain the advantages of traveling with 50 Plus. Presentations with stunning photos, trip overviews, and interesting facts about future tours will be presented.  Enter your name for travel-related door prizes and take home. This free event will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. Call (913) 826-3030 to RSVP.

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 program, including travel opportunities, are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 826-3031. 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 updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Orienteering workshop for ages 16 and older offered on Oct. 18

Do you enjoy hiking cross-country, but fear losing your way? If so, join the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for a Map and Compass Workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Learn the basic skills of using a topographic map and a magnetic compass in this beginner's workshop for ages 16 and older and children accompanied by a parent or guardian. This beginner's workshop will introduce participants to orienteering, a fun way of learning the basic skills for using a topographic map and a magnetic compass. The program includes a practice orienteering hike in the park. Workbook and the loan of a compass are provided.  Remember to dress for the weather. To find this program in the JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “map & compass.”

The cost for this three-hour workshop is $16 per person for Johnson County residents or $18 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required.

The JCPRD 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, see the district's website at www.jcprd.com.

 

Haunted Kansas program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 18

As darkness falls, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago during a special event being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Now in its sixth year, the program is called Haunted Kansas and is for ages eight and older and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Characters from the past will share legends around the campfire.  Expect a shiver down the spine and a mild case of goose bumps for those who dare enter the forest on this autumn evening. Group sessions begin every 20 minutes and the program lasts about an hour and a half.  This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “Halloween.”

Haunted Kansas will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, and is payable on-site. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (913) 764-7759. In case of inclement weather, this program will take place indoors.

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. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

Halloween Spooktacular planned at RPCC on Oct. 18

Gather your family, friends, and pets for a spooktacular morning during a mid-October special event being planned by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called the Halloween Spooktacular, is for all ages, and will take place on Oct. 18 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

The morning's festivities will include kid's costume contests, and a pet parade (pet costumes are also encouraged). The whole family will enjoy trick-or-treating in our haunted hallway, taking photos in our Halloween-themed photo booth, and participating in other fun activities.

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 “Halloween.”

This program will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. The cost for this two-hour program is $3 per child. Preregistration is required.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information and for updated program listings, visit the District’s website at www.jcprd.com.

Come watch Orionids Meteors during astronomy program planned at TimberRidge Adventure Center on Oct. 17

Come see some remains of Halley's Comet streak through the sky in the form of a meteor shower during a new program planned at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center on Friday, Oct. 17.

The program is called A Trail of Stardust - the Orionids Meteor Shower, and offers a tour of October Skies is for all ages. The program is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. There will be a 45-minute interpretive presentation about the meteor shower and fall constellations, followed by another one and one-quarter hours of on-your-own star gazing. There will also be a short walk in the dark to reach our viewing location. A treat will be provided.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under nature & outdoors.

A Trail of Stardust will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, beginning at the Welcome Center of the TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost is $9 per person for Johnson County residents, or $10 for nonresidents. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, and star maps, although they are not necessary. Lawn chairs and blankets to sit on are also encouraged.  In the case of rain or clouds, there will be a topic-related indoor program.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is  a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

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. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

 

Upcoming Events

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October 1, 2014 | 10:00 am

Story Quilts at the Johnson County Museum

October 3, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Love in the Afternoon

October 5, 2014 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Senior Follies

October 8, 2014 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum