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Johnson County celebrates the DSPs this week

This week is Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. DSPs compose most of the staff at Johnson County Developmental Supports, a county agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Welcome to new Planning, Development and Codes Director

Jay Leipzig assumed his duties as the county’s new Planning and Development Director on Sept. 11. He brings 24 years of experience in planning and development and most recently he had served as Community and Economic Development Director for the city of Belton, Missouri, since 2008. 

District Court to host Constitution Day

We the people

On Sept. 17, 1787, our nation’s Founding Fathers signed the Constitution, and this week, Johnson County District Court will host a series of events to celebrate Constitution Day — to honor the formation and signing of the United States and Kansas constitutions.

The public is invited to attend the celebration 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Courthouse, 100 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

Park Palooza offers fun for all ages on Sept. 17

A new special event, called Park Palooza, will offer a day filled with activities for all ages from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Shawnee Mission Park to thank patrons of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District for their support and patronage.

The free, first-ever Park Palooza will take place at The Theatre in the Park (TTIP) complex, featuring  music, entertainment, food trucks and lots of fun. The entrance to TTIP is at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee, just two blocks north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park.

Want to do business with us? Attend our vendor fair!

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There are literally thousands of business opportunities within Johnson County Government each year. Because county leaders are interested in providing the best products and services possible for Johnson County residents, they also wish to increase the pool of vendors that do business with the county.

Big Read program includes special exhibit at library

With the launch of a special exhibit, “The Art of War-Gifts of Peace: The Unknowns,” Johnson County Library is participating in the Kansas City metropolitan region’s  2017 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program.

The exhibit is at the Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, through December. The display features works from local artists as well as objects in the “unknown series” from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

Your input is needed for two inclusive playgrounds

kids playing at park

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) is developing its first inclusive playgrounds. JCPRD is planning to build one inclusive playground in Stilwell Community Park and another in Shawnee Mission Park, with construction this fall. Inclusive playgrounds enable all children to play together without physical or social barriers; such playgrounds are new to the JCPRD system, but they are present in communities across the country, including other KC metro communities.

Old Settlers festival features Johnson County booths

The 2017 Johnson County Old Settlers celebration with crowds of people, craft and food booths, carnival rides and nightly live music, is set to return for its 119th year from Thursday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Olathe.

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