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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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KC Symphony’s free concert is on Labor Day
April 3, 2019

The Kansas City Symphony will present its free annual "Pops in the Park" concert on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.

Concertgoers are invited to bring their family and friends (plus blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner), if they'd like to enjoy the free performance for an audience of all ages. The entrance to The Theatre in the Park is at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee.

The parking lot opens at 4:30 p.m. with theatre gates opening at 5 p.m. The symphony's Bush and Jamie Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 5:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a special pre-concert activity where trained musicians help youngsters try a variety of orchestral instruments.

Entertainment by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City begins at 6 p.m. The orchestra takes the stage at 7 p.m. for a concert that celebrates the holiday with familiar classics and fun movie music. The program will be the debut of Kansas City Symphony’s new Assistant Conductor Jason Seber.

Visit kcsymphony.org for more information.

Museum on the move!
March 15, 2017

The Johnson County Museum is gearing up for its big move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The official closing day of the museum (including KidScape) at 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee is set for Saturday, Sept. 3. The museum will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to visit one last time.

And with every move there is, of course, a moving sale! Items in the gift shop are discounted, so stop by and also pick up a gift and maybe some retro candy (members – don’t forget your ten percent discount).

In the meantime, members and the public can enjoy their favorite programs this fall at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Avenue in Shawnee.

The Johnson County Museum is planning its grand opening at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in May 2017. Museum staff looks forward to moving into the new location and are excited to share with you a brand new signature exhibition, an expanded and updated KidScape and other great programs! 

For more information about the upcoming move please visit the Johnson County Museum Foundation.

Visitors center in Shawnee Mission Park closed Aug. 31
April 3, 2019

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.

Fall lawn care
April 3, 2019

The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office offers some helpful tips for fall preparation for next’s months summer lawn.

September is one of the best times to fertilize a cool season bluegrass or tall fescue lawn to help it recover from the stress of summer.  Nutrients in the fertilizer help form the building blocks to grow new roots and shoots to support growth and a thicker dense lawn next spring.

The ideal time to reseed lawns is in early to mid-September. Seeding later into the fall may result in failure since new seedlings will not have time to establish before the arrival winter. Overseeding is more than just scattering grass seed. Success is achieved when the soil is properly prepared to receive the seed and watering afterwards.

Mid-October through mid-November is also the ideal time to rid the lawn of pesky weeds. Dandelions, henbit and chickweed are best eradicated in the fall. The reason is these weeds have just germinated, started to grow and are not well established. This makes them easy targets for the kill.

Now is the time for fall lawn care. Investing time in your lawn now will give you more time to sit back and enjoy it spring arrives. For more information, visit Johnson County K-State Research and Extension online.

Don't miss your last chance for night fishing
April 3, 2019

The final overnight fishing opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, in Shawnee and Lenexa will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27.

From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., the park will be open strictly for fishing, and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or watercraft. Park safety officials are advising that state law requires a white light be visible at all times on boats on the water after sunset.

Kansas residents ages 16 to 74, and nonresidents 16 and older, will need to have a state of Kansas fishing license along with all applicable boat tags. In addition, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a Johnson County Park and Recreation Department fishing permit.     

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call 913-888-4713.

JCW again brings home top awards in NACWA recognition
March 15, 2017

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies annually recognizes member facilities with Peak Performance Awards for excellence in permit compliance. The Board of County Commissioners presented Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) with awards during its Aug. 25 session.

Two JCW treatment plants received Platinum Awards—Blue River Main was awarded a Ten Year Award and Mill Creek Regional received a Nine Year Award. The Platinum Awards recognize 100 percent compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period (Platinum Nine and Ten are for nine and ten consecutive years). 

The remaining JCW plants—Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin, Myron K. Nelson, New Century Air Center and Tomahawk Creek—received Gold Awards, which recognize facilities with no violations for the calendar year.

"JCW is double platinum again! I am so honored to announce that all JCW wastewater treatment plants have received platinum or gold NACWA awards again this year," said Susan Pekarek, interim general manager. "The teams enhance our communities and the environment everyday by being truly dedicated to their work."

Read more about the Peak Performance Awards on the NACWA website