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Visitors center in Shawnee Mission Park closed Aug. 31

The John Barkley Visitors Center in Shawnee Mission Park will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, as the staff relocates to new office space located behind the existing facility, near the park entrance at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, visitors services, including information and fishing and boating permit sales, will be available in a recently completed addition to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Administration Building. The 8,000 square-foot addition, which has been under construction since November 2015, also houses offices for JCPRD’s park police, and parks and golf courses departments.

A locking vestibule in the new addition contains new climate controlled restrooms that are available all year, during park hours. This new addition will replace the existing John Barkley Visitors Center and Park Police Headquarters that are expected to be demolished by the end of the year.

Information and permit sales will be available on Aug. 31 at the Registration and Reservations Department in Building C in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch. That office can be reached at 913- 831-3359. Permits can also be obtained at several retail outlets including; Bass Pro Shop (customer service counter), Scheels Sporting Goods (upstairs customer service counter) and all Johnson County Wal-Mart locations (except in Roeland Park) at the sporting goods counter.

All outside vendors charge a $1 convenience fee for writing the permit.

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