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Cedar Niles Park groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 1
January 31, 2020

A public groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s future Cedar Niles Park in Olathe will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 25780 W. 135th St. in Olathe. 

Three vehicular access points, including the 135th Street site of the groundbreaking, and one bike access point are planned for the park. At the 135th Street location, there are also plans for a playground, shelter and a three-season restroom. 

Construction of the first phase of development of Cedar Niles Park will focus on about four miles of paved multi-use trails, mostly along Cedar and Little Cedar creeks.

Visit the project webpage to learn more.

Community Health Assessment shared with new campaign
January 31, 2020

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has released the latest Community Health Assessment at HealthHappensHereJoCo.com. The site is really more of a story (with pictures) about how residents live, learn, work and play in Johnson County.

The narrative of Kansas’ healthiest county begins with one, life-altering data point: There is a 12-year difference in life expectancy in Johnson County neighborhoods located just five miles apart. This is more than a decade that some residents do not get to enjoy retirement, grandchildren or hobbies. While Johnson County is proud to be #1 in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings, the data shows there is still work to do in our community. 

The site punctuates the narrative with interactive data graphics users can download and use in their own work. Get the latest data on suicide, chronic diseases, access to medical care, and maternal and child health. HealthHappensHereJoCo.com also explores the issues residents talked about in door-to-door surveys, including financial fragility, high housing costs, mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and their need to better connect to friends, families and neighbors who care about them.

Visit HealthHappensHereJoCo.com and learn how we can work together to build a healthier, more equitable Johnson County. 

BOCC January update
January 31, 2020

Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in January 2020. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

The board authorized a 30-day public comment period on potential adjustments to fixed route bus service in Johnson County. The public comment opportunities will take place from mid-February through mid-March and are anticipated to include surveys of riders, an online survey, pop-up meetings and other public meetings. Information on the public comment process can be found at www.jocogov.org/transit-public-comment. After the public comment period ends, the BOCC will receive a report on the findings. More details are available in this news release.

Several Johnson County residents were appointed or reappointed to boards or commissions this month. If you have an interest in serving on a board or a commission, please visit this page.

The board authorized the county to enter into Watershed Organization Agreements with cities within Johnson County to implement the Stormwater Management Program’s Strategic Planning Process, which is the county’s new approach to handling stormwater on a watershed basis rather than by cities.

JoCo on the Go: Legislative priorities
January 27, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #26 includes a conversation with Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert. He shares the top legislative priorities for the county as the 2020 legislative session gets underway. Those priorities include mental health funding, Medicaid expansion, collection of compensating use tax, property tax relief for low-income seniors and comprehensive transportation plan funding.

Read the complete Johnson County federal and state legislative agendas.

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.

Parks' 2020 Summer Camp Guide now available online
January 24, 2020

Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 2020 Summer Camp Guide is now available on the district’s website, JCPRD.com.

Online camp registrations will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27. In-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration office located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam. Most camps do not accept registrations by phone.

Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and camps fill quickly, so register as early as possible.

Camps range from full-day programs to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests. Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with start dates from June 7 through July 27, while other camps begin throughout the summer.

This year’s camps take place at 24 locations throughout the county. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sports camps at the Okun and New Century fieldhouses will be listed in the May through August My JCPRD Activities Catalog, which will be online March 20 and will be available in print the week of March 23.

JoCo on the Go: Affording Johnson County Living
January 22, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #25 includes details of assistance services for Johnson County residents facing housing issues. David Ward and Jesse Mofle, with Johnson County’s Human Services department, walk listeners through programs to help with affording housing costs and making needed repairs so vulnerable residents can remain in their homes. 

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.