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111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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New library, new museum exhibit open this weekend
May 31, 2019

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  A ribbon cutting will open the doors at 8778 Penrose Lane promptly at 1 p.m. There will be remarks from public officials, and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion by the emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley.

Activities will include tours conducted by library staff of the new building and an opportunity to see award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art at the site. The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, 1-5 p.m.

The new 40,000-square-foot building occupies two floors at the Lenexa City Center campus. In addition to high-quality library services, the new space features public meeting rooms, public computers, and a robust children’s programming area.

Explore “Expanding Oz” at the Johnson County Museum

Starting Saturday, June 1, you can explore “Expanding Oz,” a new exhibit at the Johnson County Museum.

The museum is in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

Learn what you don’t know about “The Wizard of Oz,” one of the world’s most loved stories. See one-of-a-kind Oz memorabilia from original books to stage productions and pop culture. And to think, it all started with one book, written by L. Frank Baum in 1900!

The exhibit is open regular museum hours, and museum admission rates apply: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. As always, museum members are free!

The exhibit runs through Nov. 2.

Grand Opening for Meadowbrook Park now rescheduled for June 22
May 30, 2019

Due to excessive rain and forecasts calling for additional precipitation in the near future, the grand opening for the Meadowbrook Park and Clubhouse has been postponed and is now set for Saturday June 22. The new park is located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.

The original grand opening was planned for June 1, and the additional time is needed to ensure completion and poured surface drying time for the park’s destination playground called the Treeline Adventure.

While the grand opening has been delayed, programming at MBPC will go on mostly as planned beginning June 3. In all, 24 programs and five special events at planned at this site during June. For a complete listing of these programs, go to https://jcprd.com/1220/Programs-and-Events. The one exception is a program called Confident City Cycling, which was originally scheduled for June 8, but which has now been cancelled.

As a special promotion, a variety of fitness classes planned at MBPC during the first week of June will offer participants the opportunity to take one class for free between June 3 and 7. Fitness classes during this time include: WERQ Exercise for ages 18 and older on June 3 (18786), June 5 (18787), and June 6 (18788); HIIT Exercise for ages 18 and older on June 4 (18778) and June 7 (18780); and Chair Yoga for 50 Plus on June 4 (18717) and June 6 (18718). To take a free class, no preregistration is required; just show up at the designated class time. For more information about the classes above, go to JCPRD.com, click on register for activities, and perform a course ID search for any of the codes above.

The grand opening event on June 22 will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will involve a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., comments from public officials, tours of the property and clubhouse, art activities, yoga and personal trainer demonstrations, snacks, giveaways, music, information about and opportunities to sign up for JCPRD programs, and more.

Once the clubhouse parking lot clubhouse fills, overflow parking will be at Christ Church Anglican at 5500 W. 91st St., and at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall, both of which are across Nall to the west and are within easy walking distance.

Meadowbook Park consists of about 80 acres, located primarily on the northern portion of the site of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. In addition to the Treeline Adventure destination playground, the park will include: a large shelter called the Grand Pavilion which can accommodate approximately 160 people; three additional picnic shelters; eight pickleball courts; a separate play and picnic area called The Groves located in a grove of Oak trees; Meadowbrook Hill which utilizes surplus soil from enlarging the park’s lakes to create a high area which will be perfect for snow sledding and other exercise pursuits throughout the year; three miles of paved trails; and an area containing low-impact outdoor fitness equipment.

Much of the programming at the site will take place at the 10,000 square-foot Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located near the park’s northwest corner near 91st Street. The building includes an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room, and a Natureplay Preschool with an outdoor playground. Other building features include a small lobby, administration area, catering kitchen, and a deck overlooking the park area.

Final day of budget proposal presentations
May 29, 2019

On Thursday, May 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing infrastructure services to the county, as well as outside agencies that receive county funding.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the BOCC is scheduled to hear proposed budgets from Planning/Contractor Licensing, Transportation, Airport, Public Works and Stormwater Management.

Afternoon presentations scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. include the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, the Johnson County Fair, Soil Conservation, United Community Services, County Economic Research Institute, Enterprise Center of Johnson County and then will wrap up infrastructure with Johnson County Wastewater.

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. They are also streamed live and available from a link on the Johnson County website, jocogov.org.

The proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners and totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million, and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the proposed budget are available here.

Time to hit Johnson County beaches, marinas and pools
May 24, 2019

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to hit the Johnson County beaches, marinas and pools.

Starting tomorrow, May 25, the Shawnee Mission Park beach and marina will be open daily for the summer season. The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will be open daily. The Kill Creek Park beach and marina will be open Thursday through Sunday. Hours vary by location.

Both marinas offer boat rentals. At Shawnee Mission Park, those include canoes, pedal boats, kayaks and paddleboards. At Kill Creek Park, rentals include canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.

Fishing permits are also available at the Shawnee Mission Park marina. There will be two weekly opportunities for open water swim training at Shawnee Mission Park Beach.

Admission and boat rentals rates and information about swim training are available on the following Johnson County Park and Recreation District website pages:

All the facilities end their summer seasons on Aug. 11.

JoCo health clinics temporarily closed for training
May 23, 2019

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s health clinics in Mission and Olathe will be temporarily closed after Memorial Day for staff training on a new electronic medical records system.

Walk-in services (immunizations, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, physicals, tuberculosis tests) will not be available on the following dates:
Mission Clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) — closed May 27 through June 10
Olathe Clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive) — closed June 3-6
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) offices will remain open during this time to serve WIC clients

BOCC changes to new legislative management tool
May 24, 2019

The public has a new web link to view BOCC meetings online and access meeting agendas, minutes and other documents.  Johnson County has switched from the SIRE Technologies platform to OnBase by Hyland. Beginning May 23, all BOCC meeting information can be accessed at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. More information is available in this news release.

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