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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

New Monarch Migration event for 50 Plus is Sept. 20 at Ernie Miller Park

Celebrating the monarch butterfly's amazing annual migration is the aim of a special event being presented in late September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This new weekday event, called Monarch Migration, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will watch a butterfly tagging demonstration and then receive three tags to tag butterflies in the park or in their own yard.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park after the event. 

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 keyword “butterfly event.”

This event will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 The cost for this one-and-one-half-hour event is $15 per person. To register, call (913) 831-3359, or register online by going to www.jcprd.com, and clicking on the green “Register for Activities” button and completing a barcode search for 35597.

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.

Monarch Migration for 50 Plus is in addition to and separate from the annual Flight of the Monarch special event for all ages, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information about that event, which also requires advance registration, search for barcode 34888.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

 

Discover downtown Cole Camp, Mo., during social outing for 50 Plus on Sept. 13

Explore the German town of Cole Camp, Mo., and find out what this quaint town has to offer during a social outing offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The idea behind this occasional series of programs called Discover Downtown is that before suburban sprawl, each city’s downtown served as a hub of activity, and these areas continue to thrive with their own distinctive shops and restaurants. Participants are invited to relax while JCPRD provides the transportation, and then uncover the delights offered by the charming city centers of municipalities just outside the Kansas City metro area by shopping, and eating at a local restaurant.

The next outing will take place on Sept. 13 when participants will go to Cole Camp, a town of about 1,200 located roughly 20 miles south of Sedalia, Mo. Travelers can see pre-Civil War era buildings, stop at Heimsoth Fine Art gallery, check out the local museum, or sample cheeses at 4-K.  Visit Main Street shops including Happy Trails, Back in Time Toys, Twice as Nice, Bee Cherished Flowers, and Sweets an’ Tiques Coffee Shop.  Lunch is on your own at Handel Haus Gartenfest Tea Room.

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 “social outing.”

Participants will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam,  at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and return at approximately 4 p.m. that day. The cost is $25 per person. Lunch costs are on your own. 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 35572.

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.

The JCPRD’s Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

New Walking Bingo event for 50 Plus set for Sept. 9 in Antioch Park

B-4 you sit down to play bingo, why not get N-2 in a more active version of the classic game during a special event being presented in early September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called Walking Bingo, and will take place in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam.  Participants will learn this easy-to-follow version of bingo while getting in some walking.  The more you walk, the more chances you have to win!  A variety of prizes will be awarded, including gift certificates.  Refreshments will be provided.  In the event of rain, a make-up date will be chosen.

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 keyword “bingo.”

This event will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.  The cost for one two-hour event  is $7 per person. 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 35332.

The JCPRD Activities catalog,  is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Roeland Park Aquatic Center to be closed for about four weeks beginning Aug. 15 for painting, maintenance, and dome installation

Each year, the Roeland Park Aquatic Center closes for a few days for reinstallation of the air-supported dome which makes the facility's main pool usable during the winter months. But this year, the facility will close for a longer period  in order to complete much-needed painting and other maintenance.

The Aquatics Center, located at 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, will closed beginning Aug. 15 and is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 17, following dome reinstallation on Sept. 13 and 14.  Work to be completed includes concrete work, repainting, caulking, and other repairs.  These plans are dependent on good weather and could be delayed by inclement conditions such as rain or wind, or by other maintenance needs found during the repair work.

For the annual dome reinstallation, it takes 50 to 60 people, working on tarps used to temporarily cover the pool, to help handle the 6,800 pounds of vinyl-coated polyester-based fabric which makes up the dome. When inflated, the three-section structure measures 210 feet by 106 feet and has a capacity of approximately 22,260 square feet.

The dome remains in place over the main pool from September through mid-May, when it is taken down prior to Memorial Day to provide an open-air facility for the summer months. 

Following reinstallation of the dome, other steps to be completed prior to opening include installation of the 1-  and 3-meter diving boards and interior lights at the dome.

The RPAC, which first opened in 1997, is owned by the City of Roeland Park and is operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

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

KMBC

Fox 4

KCTV

KSHB
 

 

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.

Mammals

  • 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

Upcoming Events

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September 9, 2016 | 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

50 Plus Walking Bingo

September 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

An Evening Chorus