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. Each inclusive JCPRD park will have a unique design and offer a play experience that the children, parents and caregivers in Johnson County will enjoy for years to come.
JCPRD staff, together with the inclusive park design team, will hold two public open houses this week. The first open house will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner in Shawnee) and the second will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Stilwell United Methodist Church (19335 Metcalf Ave. in Stilwell). Both meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the same information will be on display during the two meetings. No formal presentations will be given, so you're welcome to stop by any time during the meetings’ two-hour timeframes. Staff from JCPRD and the design team will be on site to discuss the designs and answer questions.