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Latest issue of The Best Times Magazine hits the streets

Look for the new issue of The Best Times, the county’s publication informing and supporting Johnson County’s 60+ adults. This month’s cover story is about preventing falls, the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Other articles include topics such as the Veterans Treatment Court, improved access to health and human services and preparing for severe weather season.

Park hours change March 1

Park and Rec

Summer hours of  5 a.m. to 11 p.m. go into effect March 1 for three Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks. The 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.

Public Health Advisory lifted for Indian Creek

Public Health advisory graphic with Dept. of Health and Environment logo

In collaboration with Johnson County Wastewater, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has lifted the health advisory issued affecting residents living along Indian Creek Trail from approximately 116th Terrace to College Boulevard. The initial advisory was due to an overflow of the sanitary sewer manhole into a ditch near Indian Creek Trail and Bluejacket Street in the city of Overland Park.

Auditions coming up for The Theatre in the Park's 2017 season

Neon Audition sign with arrows

Johnson County Park and Recreation is gearing up for the 2017 season of The Theatre in the Park.  They are currently seeking actors, singers and dancers for all roles in all shows. Performers of all shapes, all sizes, all voice types and all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition!

Auditions are set for Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave in Overland Park. Casting decisions for The Theatre in the Park's 2017 Season will be made on Sunday, March 12.

It's time to restock the lakes!

Join the Johnson County Park and Recreation District on Feb. 22 as 1,600 lbs. of trout are released into Kill Creek Park Lake and 3,800 lbs. of trout in Shawnee Mission Park Lake!

After the fish are stocked, both lakes will be closed to all fishing until the siren signals the start of trout season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

  • Kill Creek Park Lake will be stocked at 2:30 p.m.
  • Shawnee Mission Park Lake will be stocked at 3:45 p.m.

Visit jcprd.org for more information.

Presidents Day is Feb. 20

Image of Mt. Rushmore with heads of Presidents Washington, Jackson, T Roosevelt and Lincoln

Monday, Feb. 20 is the national holiday known as Presidents Day. Originally, a day to honor the country’s first president, George Washington, it was later combined to also recognize the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.  Now, it serves to honor all persons who have served as the U.S. President.

County offices are generally open on this Monday. However, all locations of the Johnson County Library will be closed on Presidents Day. Visit the library website for more information.

Veterans Treatment Court honors first graduate

Veterans Treatment Court graduation

In January 2016, Johnson County District Court held the first Veterans Treatment Court in the state of Kansas. It’s mission — to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, to place them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. Today Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court honored its first graduate from the program. District Court Judge Timothy P. McCarthy, who spearheaded the effort to bring VTC to the county, will presided over the graduation ceremony Feb. 15 at the Johnson County Courthouse.

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