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County offices to close in observance of Memorial Day
May 25, 2018

Johnson County offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

In addition, Johnson County libraries will also be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28.

We hope you and yours will have a safe holiday weekend and celebration.

Ribbon cutting for Shawnee Mission Park beach house set for May 26
May 24, 2018

A ribbon cutting event on Saturday, May 26, will open the new beach house at Shawnee Mission Park and start the summer season with a free admission day.

The event, which will include comments from public officials, a DJ and giveaways, will begin at noon. In addition, a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, water and cookies will be provided. 

The Shawnee Mission Park beach was closed for the 2017 season for construction of the new beach house. The structure features a design called “Tidal” because it features a large, upward sloping roof which provides shade over the building and the adjacent patio area.  In November 2017, the beach house was recognized with an award from the  American Institute of Architects for Design Excellence.

The new facility also has:

  • 1,344 square feet of space including restrooms, concessions, check-in area, and office space
  •  a “rich blue” glazed block exterior
  •  an outdoor shower with feet and body sprayers surrounded by a low retaining wall, and
  • an ADA compliant walkway down to the beach

Regular hours at the beach, which will be open daily through Aug. 12, are noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, and noon to 6 p.m. all other days of the week. Open water swim training opportunities are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Beach admission is $4 for Johnson County residents, or $4.50 for nonresidents for ages 12 and under; $6 for residents or $6.50 for nonresidents for ages 13 to 59; and $5 for residents or $5.50 for nonresidents for ages 60 and older. Admission for the Tuesday open water session is $7.

Free admission to the beach will also be offered on the following Saturday, June 2, as part of JCPRD’s annual A Day in the Park special event.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa.


County offices closed for Memorial Day holiday
May 25, 2018

Free museum admission offered to military

Johnson County offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

In addition, Johnson County libraries will also be closed both Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28.

Starting with May 29 through Labor Day (Sept. 3), Johnson County Museum, as one of more than 2,000 museums across America will participate in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense and participating museums.

Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Arts & Heritage Center, including the museum, is closed on Sundays and major holidays, including Memorial Day.

Summer fun for kids: Johnson County extension cooking day camp
May 18, 2018

Campers ages 7 – 12 will gain skills in food safety, preparation and nutrition, and enjoy dining on their culinary creations through this hands-on series. Camp is held from 9 a.m. – noon each day at the extension office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. (Note: There are two sessions this year. Both sessions will feature the same recipes and activities. Please only sign up for one session to allow more youth the chance to participate in this exciting camp.) Registration is $50 per session. Registration deadline June 12.

To view camp videos and register, go online or call 913-715-7000.

Johnson County approves purchase of new voting machines
May 17, 2018

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a recommendation from Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker to purchase 2,100 new voting machines for a total cost of approximately $10.5 million.

“These new machines will provide a voter verifiable paper audit trail,” Metsker said. “This allows individuals to see a record of their votes on paper before they cast their ballot and it allows the county to maintain paper records of every vote.”

Metsker recommended purchasing the machines from the vendor, Election Systems & Software, the same vendor used by three other Kansas counties.

“We were part of an extensive review process for a request for proposal in 2015 with Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties in a process that brings new technologies at a reduced cost to the state totaling $2.84 million.”

The machines are expected to arrive in June in preparation for the August primary. For more information, go to www.jocoelection.org.

JoCo named Stepping Up Innovator County
May 17, 2018

Johnson County was selected as one of seven counties in the nation as a Stepping Up Innovator County for its expertise in taking actions to reduce the number of people in jail who experience mental illness.

As an Innovator County, Johnson County’s efforts will be highlighted as part of a new push from Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails to help counties consistently identify and collect data on this population.

“On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, I want to congratulate the county professionals — mental health clinicians, law enforcement officers and many others — who have worked hard to earn this national designation and to better serve our community’s vulnerable populations,” said Chairman Ed Eilert.

Since being selected to join the Stepping Up initiative as one of the first four participating jurisdictions, Johnson County expanded its mental health co-responder program across the county to include 11 police jurisdictions and 14 cities; implemented a brief mental health screen during jail booking; enhanced the partnership between the Mental Health Center and the Department of Corrections; developed a veterans treatment court; improved outreach efforts to the community; and strengthened data-sharing efforts through My Resource Connection, a county database connecting residents to services they need. 

Learn more about the county’s new designation as an Innovator County online.