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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

JCPRD board seeks input on name for future park
October 19, 2018

A late-November deadline has been set for public input on a proposed permanent name being considered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for a future park property in Johnson County.


During its Oct. 17 regular monthly meeting, the Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners tentatively approved the name Cedar Niles Park for a future park property encompassing 956 acres and stretching nearly two miles between 119th Street and just south of 135th Street west of Olathe. 


In accordance with JCPRD policy, the board is currently seeking input from the public on the proposed park name. For consideration prior to the formal naming of the properties, input must be received on or before Nov. 23.  Comments and/or alternate suggestions may be submitted to the board by sending an email to chairman@jcprd.com or by sending a letter to: Board Chair, JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219. 


Plans for the first phase of development of the Cedar Niles property are currently in development, and officials anticipate a bid letting and start of construction will take place in 2019, with a park opening following in 2020. First phase development will focus primarily on roughly four miles of trails, mostly along Cedar and Little Cedar creeks, a picnic shelter, and restroom facility. The property includes perennial streams, dramatic topography, and diverse plant life. 

Mildale Farm and Lanesfield School both plan free fall events on Oct. 27
October 17, 2018

Now there are two reasons for venture out to southeastern Johnson County on Oct. 27 for some fall fun.

The day's activities include the annual Mildale Farm Fall Fest as well as the new Lanesfield School Fall Open House at the Lanesfield Historic Site. Both events are being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and are free. To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, 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 “family fun.”

The Mildale Farm Fall Fest is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2  p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres located at the northernmost part of Big Bull Creek Park. Visitors will be directed to park near Mildale Farm’s main barn. 

A number of fall-related activities are being planned for the event, all of which are  free to the public. A pumpkin patch will be situated in front of the main barn. Children 12 and under can pick out a pumpkin. Cider and hot cocoa will be provided in the barn, as will information on other district programs and activities. A tractor-drawn hayride will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling and nature walks. Other activities include a petting zoo, and a  putting green with kid-sized clubs is available. Chris Cakes pancakes will be serving pancakes while supplies last. 

Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area will also be offered during Fall Fest. While district fishing permits have been waived for this event, anglers 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. 

Visitors can also explore and picnic on the grounds. Restrooms will be available, but  the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals is available as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as park rules in place on other district properties. Among them: no alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Homestead Lane. Proceed north on Homestead Lane. Turn left onto 199th Street and proceed west 1.6 miles. Mildale Farm will be on the right.  From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Sunflower Road and proceed north of Sunflower Road 0.7 miles. Turn left onto to 207th St., and proceed west for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto 8th St. (Edgerton Road) and proceed north 1 mile. Turn right onto 56 Highway and proceed east 1 mile. Turn right onto 199th St. Mildale Farm will be on the left. 

For more information about this event, call Sarah Vogelsberg  at (913) 826-2957.

During the new Lanesfield School Fall Open House event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants  of all ages can celebrate autumn 1904-style while they experience life as a student in a one-room schoolhouse! Visitors can have old-fashioned fun with hands-on activities like practicing penmanship or spelling under the supervision of a costumed teacher, or play stickball or have a sack race in the yard. Visitors to the site can learn about the history of education in Kansas and Johnson County in the visitor center. Refreshments will be available. 

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, which is about three miles from Mildale Farm via Us Highway 56 to 191st St. to Dillie Road. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. 

Live Well Age Well event is Oct. 29 at Marriott Overland Park
October 17, 2018

Spend the day enjoying vendors, screenings, and sessions on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County when the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department presents a special event in late October called Live Well Age Well.

Previously called Senior Fest, this free event is now in its eighth year, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, at the Marriott Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Participants can experience what JCPRD has to offer through a variety of program demonstrations. Meet and explore the many businesses and services available to you or your aging loved ones.  The event schedule includes bingo at 11 a.m., a trivia game at 2 p.m., and chair yoga at 3:30 p.m.  Presentations will include an 11:30 a.m. session called A Time For Sharing: Your Health, Your Life; a 12:45 session called Recreation: The Possibilities are Endless; and a 2:30 p.m. session called Brain Health and Aging. A variety of screenings, and program demonstrations are scheduled throughout the event, and flu shots will be available. 

This event is brought to you by JCPRD in partnership with Barry Law and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, and sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog , browse first under special events, and then under 50 Plus. Look for the keywords “special event.”

For more information about this event, call (913) 826-3030. The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Don’t miss Healthy Halloween Spooktacular event for all ages on Oct. 27
October 17, 2018

Start your family’s Halloween off with a healthy morning that will keep your kids energized throughout the busy day during a special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

Healthy Halloween Spooktacular! is the name of this event, which is for all ages. Participants are invited to come in costume visit the freaky photo booth, play games, make creepy crafts, and show off on the dance floor!  

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 keyword “Halloween.”

This free event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Sponsors for this event are also being sought. For more information, contact Lisa at (913) 826-3161 or email lisa.scharnak@jocogov.org

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

Green at Heart Hike for adults is Nov. 4 in Ernie Miller Park
October 17, 2018

Adults are invited to experience the power of a walk in nature fused with the awareness of yoga to stretch and renew their mind, body, and spirit during a program being offered for adults by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Green at Heart Hike is the name of this single-session program for ages 16 and older at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Participants are invited to workout in the beauty of the natural world, stimulate their senses, and reap the benefits of hiking combined with the centering relaxation of yoga.

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

This Green at Heart Hike will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. The cost for one 90 minute session is $8 per person for Johnson County residents or $9 for nonresidents. Because space is limited, preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.