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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 60 years, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 10,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, JCPRD records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 2.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The district's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned local appreciation and national acclaim.

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Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of May 30-June 5
May 12, 2021

For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit JCPRD.com/Register and complete a search for any of the activity numbers listed below. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. For all in-person programs, physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged. 

Here's a sampling of programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of May 30-June 5:

June 1-3 - JCPRD Lifeguard Training June (Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center, 17251 W. 87th St., Lenexa, Ages 15 and Older,  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, free to potential JCPRD employees) - This Blended learning American Red Cross Lifeguarding class is intended for potential JCPRD employees only. If you do not wish to lifeguard for JCPRD, then this is not the class for you. Activity number 13316. 

June 1-4 - Museum: Kids’ Day(s) Out (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 6-10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, $35 per person) - Come have fun when school is out! Discover history through hands-on activities and exploration of KidScape and museum exhibits, play games, and enjoy down time. Bring a lunch, snacks, and water bottle and dress for the weather - we will go outside if we can. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but you may drop off and pick up at any time. Five year old children can be enrolled if currently attending kindergarten. June 1 session activity number 9247; June 2, 9248; June 3, 9249; and June 4, 9250. For program questions call the museum (913) 715-2570.

June 3 - Craft Savvy: DIY Coasters (Virtual Program, 1:30 to  2:30 p.m., Ages 50 Plus, $7 per person, $9 nonresidents, includes supplies) - Let's craft together, virtually! Learn to make simple custom coasters. The design possibilities are endless. Craft new sets for each season or give them as gifts. Live step-by-step guidance will be available on Zoom! Registration ends May 27 at 4 p.m. Pick up supplies at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse June 2 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Activity number 9218.

June 3 - Adult Water Polo (Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center, 17251 W. 87th St., Lenexa, Ages 18 & Older, Thursdays 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., 7 sessions, $49 per person, $56 nonresidents) - Whether you used to play growing up, or you are a strong swimmer looking for fun, the Adult Co-Ed Water Polo team is a fun program for you to join. Water Polo is a year-round program located at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center that provides continual training and competition opportunities. Participants are encouraged to be able to swim 500 yards comfortably and know how to tread water. Activity number 13350.

Beginning June 3 - Open Water Swim Training (Shawnee Mission Park Beach, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, Ages 18 & Older, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $7 per person, $7.50 nonresidents) - Looking to train for an upcoming triathlon or to change up your swim workout? All swimmers should be able to swim 500 meters freestyle and have endurance to swim in open water conditions. Lifeguard will be on duty. All participants must be pre-registered by 10 a.m. of the day of the training. A minimum number of participants must be registered or the practice will be canceled. 

June 4 - Friday Night Amphitheater Programs: “Eyes of the Night” (Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, 7 to 7:45 p.m., All Ages, $3.50 per person) - Bring the family to the new outdoor amphitheater at Ernie Miller Park on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. In case of inclement weather, including extreme heat, program will be held indoors. During “Eyes of the Night,” learn about how Great Horned, Barred, and Screech owls make Ernie Miller Park their home. Meet live owls as we discover more about these creatures of the night. Upcoming June sessions - June 11 “Voices in the Wild,” 9640;  June 18, “Stories in the Park,” 9641; and June 25, “Bats,” 9642. Advance registration required. For more information, call (913) 826-2800.

June 5 - A Day in the Park (Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, All Ages, component hours vary, FREE) - Meant as a day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks, and recreational spaces, this event includes free admission to park beaches and free one-hour boat rentals of all rentable watercraft at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks. JCPRD fishing permits are also waived for this day at Shawnee Mission, Kill Creek, and other JCPRD parks where fishing is allowed. This event ties into both the JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and district fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day. It should be noted that JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout.

June 5 - Boating: Johnson County Sailing Society - Come Sail With Us! (Shawnee Mission Park Marina Parking Lot, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, Ages 18 & Older, Noon to 1 p.m., FREE) - All sailors and sailing enthusiasts are welcome to join society members for lunch along with the graduates of the recent Sailing I class. Bring your sack lunch, and afterwards you will have an opportunity to sail a variety of vessels while participating in water activities like mock races or a sailing scavenger hunt. Activity number 9570. For more information, call Nick Hockman at (913) 268-5683.

June 5 - Great American Campout (Play Field near Walnut Grove area, Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, All Ages, 2 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday, $10 individual; $30 family of 4; Children 3 & under free) - We missed camping with everyone last year and look forward to another fun night under the stars in 2021! Due to social distancing guidelines, this year’s campout will look a little different and have a new camping location. The event will coincide with JCPRD's "A Day in the Park" annual event, when beach admissions and boat rentals are free to the public. Because of this, both activities will have limited availability so we strongly encourage you to make online watercraft reservations up to a week in advance. Admission to Theatre in the Park will not be included for campout participants this year, but you may purchase tickets to TIP’s production of "Mamma Mia."

June 5 - Art: Potter's Wheel Mini Series (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 10 to 15, Saturdays 1 to 3 p.m., 2 sessions, $40 per person, $45 nonresidents) - Bring those muscles and expand your ceramics knowledge with an introduction to the Potter’s Wheel. Students will complete a minimum of one project, with opportunity to create more. Hand-building will also take place in this mini series. Activity number 9665. Session beginning June 19, activity number 9666.

June 5 & 6 - Fishing: Annual Free Weekend! (Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, and Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and all other JCPRD lakes where fishing is allowed, All Ages, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., FREE) - The weekend of June 5 and 6 has been established as free fishing weekend in Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes where fishing and boating are  normally allowed. This coincides with the State of Kansas’ “Free Fishing and Park Entrance Days” at state parks whereby state fishing licenses are also waived. Fishing, boating, and archery permits will be waived in district parks from on these days only. JCPRD trout permits are still required if fishing for trout at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park lakes. Regular park hours for these days are 5 am to 11 pm at Kill Creek, Lexington Lake, Meadowbrook, Heritage, and Shawnee Mission parks, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Antioch Park, and dawn to dusk at Thomas S.  Stoll and the Streamway parks. Activity number 9883. For more information call (913) 888-4713.

June 5 & 7 - Youth Tennis Lessons (R Park, 5535 Juniper Drive, Roeland Park, Red Ball Tennis for Ages 5 to 8, Orange Ball Tennis for Ages 9 to 12, and Green Ball Tennis for Ages 11 to 14; prices vary from $44 per person, $49 nonresidents for four 50-minute sessions, to $87 per person, $95 nonresident for eight 50-minute session, 20% Trail to Savings Discount offered on May 12 only) - Whether your young athlete needs a kid’s sized introduction focusing on learning the fundamentals, an opportunity to continue to develop their skills and athleticism, or a chance to hit, rally, and get ready for high school tennis, five different programs beginning in early June will utilize various sized courts and reduced-bounce tennis balls to help players grow and advance. To see all upcoming sessions, visit JCPRD.com/Register and search for “R Park Youth Tennis”

 

JCPRD upcoming programs for May 23-29
May 5, 2021

Find these and all current JCPRD programs online at JCPRD.com/Activities. For more information or to register online for the programs listed here, visit JCPRD.com/Register and complete a search for any of the activity numbers listed below. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. For all in-person programs, physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be encouraged. 

Here's some of the programs JCPRD has coming up for the week of May 23-29:

May 20 - Day Trip: Two Centuries of History (departs from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, Ages 50 Plus,  9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $85 per person) - Take a trip spanning two centuries of history in St. Joseph, Mo. Visit the Patee House and Jesse James house before heading to lunch at Missouri Western State University. After lunch, enjoy a driving tour of the city. The trip will conclude at the St. Joseph Museums, home to the Glore Psychiatric Museum and various others. Activity number 9450.

May 25 - Technology: How to Use Zoom (Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., 10 to 11 a.m., Ages 50 Plus, $10 per person, $11 nonresidents) - Zoom is the new buzzword! Learn how to sign up and use the software platform Zoom. Bring your device and any associated account passwords. Activity number 9551.

May 26 - Social Event: Picnic in the Park (Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, 11:30 – 1 p.m., Ages 50 Plus,  $10 per person, $11 nonresidents until May 19, then , $11 per person, $12 nonresidents) - Let’s celebrate Older Americans Month with a get together on the Great Lawn. Join us for lunch, lawn games, and more. Get the chance to learn about the park and what goes on behind the scenes to make it a beautiful destination. Activity number 9709.

May 26 - Cooking: Fish 101 - Salmon (Virtual Program, 2 to 4 p.m., Ages 50 Plus, $37 per person, $41 nonresidents) - Everyone should try to eat 1 to 2 servings of fish per week, but not all fish are created equal. Salmon is a nutrition powerhouse that's widely available. Learn how to prepare this popular fish in delicious ways. This class is presented over Zoom by Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Department. Fee includes a cooking booklet and some ingredients/supplies to be picked up from the Roeland Park Community Center between 10 am and noon on the day of class. Activity number 9539.

May 28 - Art Labs: Abstract Art (Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Ages 10 to 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $40 per person, $44 nonresidents) - What does "abstract" mean any way? Inspired by the works of art currently on view in the veterans art exhibition Place of Peace at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, students in this one-day Art Lab workshop will discover how to take something a bit obscure and turn it into a deep meaning. All art supplies included. Activity number 9542.

May 29  - Summer hours begin at Shawnee Mission Park Marina & Beach, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee & Lenexa, and Kill Creek Park Beach & Marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, All Ages, hours, rental, and admission fees vary;  also Shawnee Mission Park Marina open Saturday and Sundays through May) - Capacity limits have been lifted and patrons will be able to walk up to the facilities this summer, although reservations are still recommended for the very busy Shawnee Mission Park Marina. Marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. See more information about the marinas or beaches.