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Park and Recreation

Phone: 913-438-7275

7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219

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For more than 50 years, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has provided high-quality parks, park services and recreational programs in more than 6,000 acres of parkland and open green space. Each year, the District records more than 7 million park visitors and nearly 1.5 million recreation participations in over 4,000 programs. The District's contributions to the personal lives of Johnson County's citizens have earned the District local appreciation and national acclaim.

Department News

Sailing II class offered for adults beginning July 10
June 13, 2018

Intermediate skills for sailing will be covered through a class being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The class is called Sailing II and is for ages 18 and older. 

Participants will learn to sail a Sweet 16 sailboat. Sailing II will cover weather observation, two-sail rigging, twin-hull nomenclature, safety, trailering, and trailer maintenance. As a prerequisite, participants must have completed either an American Red Cross or JCPRD Sailing I class prior to enrollment. Basic swimming skills are also required. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “boating.” 

This class consists of two two-hour indoor lecture sessions and three three-hour outdoor water sessions. The indoor sessions will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The water sessions will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday beginning July 14 at the Shawnee Mission Park Boat Ramp, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. The cost  for 13 hours of instruction is $68 per person for Johnson County residents or $74 for nonresidents.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 7207. 

If you have your own boat and wish to use it for this class, please call Officer Seth Salmans at (913) 826-3491. 

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Next JCPRD youth and preschool summer swim lessons begin July 9
June 13, 2018

The next opportunity for preschoolers and youth to learn to swim or improve their existing swimming skills this summer is being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and at the Prairie Village Pool at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.

These lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. This convenient class format also takes the guesswork out of trying to determine what level you or your child should be in. These progressive lessons involve an assessment at the beginning of each daily class and let individuals move through the program at their own pace, learning new skills during the same session.

Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.

Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two and one-half years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot Class for ages two and one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. All of these programs have classes beginning July 9. 

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online at jcprd.com, browse first under preschool or youth and then under aquatics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “swim lesson.” For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Register by July 3 for Water Gardens Day Trip with 50 Plus on July 7
June 13, 2018

Take in the beauty and serenity of some of the area’s finest water gardens during an early July day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Water Gardens of Kansas City 2.0 is the name of this trip. Participants will visit entries on the 25th Annual Water Garden Society of Kansas City Water Gardens Tour. From free-form ponds and streams to expansive waterfalls, these homeowners and businesses share their unique experiences designing, planning, and caring for water gardens. Lunch will be at Bravo Cucina Italiana. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7,  from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is for this eight-and-one-half-hour day trip, including admission, lunch, and transportation,  is $72 per person. The registration deadline for this trip is Tuesday, July 3. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 7064. 

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs continue on July 6, 13, & 20
June 13, 2018

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during June and July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events, and then under fun for all. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature & outdoors.”

July presentations are:

July 6:  Animal Clues - investigate different animal clues and see a live animal that often leaves signs for us to find.

July 13Wildlife Webs - Help construct three food chains and see a live animal from each one. Find out who eats who.

July 20: Bats - Explore the dark and mysterious world of Kansas bats. Discover how we benefit from them and how we can help protect them.

For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Beginning Archery program offered for ages 8 - 12 beginning June 26 & July 10
May 31, 2018

Youth ages eight to 12 can experience the challenging sport of archery in a coed class designed for beginners being offered twice this summer in late June and early July by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Beginning Archery will cover safety, basic fundamentals, techniques, and equipment for this challenging outdoor sport. Participants will have practice time to develop their skills. Equipment is provided.  

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “outdoor skills.”

One offering of this program will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 28, while a second will take place on Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12. Both programs take place at the  TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for  two 90-minute sessions  is $34 per person for Johnson County residents or $37 per person for nonresidents.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. or register online for the program beginning June 26, or for the program beginning July 10.

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

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