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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

May through August issue of JCPRD Activities catalog available after March 26
March 14, 2018

The next issue of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on March 23 and in print form the week of March 26. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between May and August.

Readers will notice the new catalog has a new look and takes a new approach. In the past, JCPRD has considered the My JCPRD Activities catalog to as  its major marketing tool, but that role is now being shifted to the www.jcprd.com website, which has also launched a major update after more than a year of planning. The new catalog features better quality paper with full color throughout. The publication now features more concise program listings and directs readers to the website for more details.

The publication lists more than 800 programs offered by the district though August. This issue will also include information about the HP3 Duathlon,  the Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon, and  Women's Triathlon as well as other popular spring and summer events including: A Day in the Park,  Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs,  the Great American Family Campout, and much more. Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities, and include leagues, classes, seminars, workshops, and trips. Included are programs for toddlers through senior adults. Registration for classes in the next catalog will begin immediately after catalogs arrive. The majority of programs start on or after May 1. 

JCPRD's 2018 Camp Guide will not be included in the May through August catalog this year because, in a change of distribution strategies, the district mailed the guide to its entire mailing list in late January, and the guide is also available at www.jcprd.com. Some additional summer camps are also listed inside the regular catalog.

The Activities catalog is mailed out to approximately 35,000 past participants who have taken part in a district program within the last year. Catalogs will also be available at Johnson County Library Branches, community centers, various businesses, and at district locations.

Updated JCPRD program listings and 24-hour online registration are available on the district's website at www.jcprd.com.

Dino O'Dell concert on March 28 is next in new series of Kid-Friendly Musical Performances at Johnson County Museum
March 14, 2018

Fun, music, and movement are in store when the Johnson County Museum presents the next in a series of Kid Friendly Musical Performances in late March. These programs all take place at the museum, which is located in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park.

Dino O'Dell in perform on Wednesday, March 28. Enjoy Dino’s unique blend of folk-rock and reggae!  Whether he is counting monsters, fixing spaceships, or swimming in peanut butter, Dino's interactive songs and tall tales stir the imagination, inspire curiosity, and engage the whole child.

The cost for this 30- to 60-minute program is $5 per person, and museum members save 20 percent, but must call (913) 831-3359 to register and their claim discount. Program registration does not include admission to KidScape and the museum. To register for this program by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 42019.

Kid-Friendly Musical Performances  are designed for ages two through ten with an adult, and will all take place beginning at 10 a.m.  To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The final entry in the current season of Kid-Friendly Musical Performances will be Doo Dad Mike on April 18 (barcode 42020).

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Four golf leagues begin soon at JCPRD courses
March 14, 2018

Four separate golf leagues will begin their seasons in late March or early April on the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Tomahawk Hills Golf Course in Shawnee and Heritage Park Golf Course in Olathe. These include three ladies leagues for golfers 18 and older teeing it up this spring, and a senior league for men ages 55 and older.

Groups that playing at the course in Shawnee are: the Tomahawk Hills Women’s Golf Association, the Tomahawk Hills Working Ladies Golf League, and the Tomahawk Hills Senior Men’s Golf League. The Heritage Park Working Ladies Golf League will be playing on the Olathe course.

The Tomahawk Hills Senior Men’s Golf League is open to ages 55 and older and will golf every other Tuesday morning beginning March 27. Participants must purchase a Senior Patron Card for $45 and pay senior dues of $60. These fees entitle participants to many discounts and are used to provide prizes for each tournament. A spring meeting for this league will take place at the golf course beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. To register or to request more information, call (913) 631-8000.

The Tomahawk Hills Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:30 a.m. The group is open to women of all levels of play. Both nine- and 18-hole leagues play every Wednesday morning from April through October. Participants must purchase a Golf Patron Card, which varies in cost based on the holder’s age and residency, and pay the association registration fee of $30. For more information on the Tomahawk Hills Women’s Golf Association, call Pat Kalicki at (913) 599-6922 or the Tomahawk Hills Golf Course Pro Shop at (913) 631-8000.

The Tomahawk Hills Working Ladies Golf League will conduct an informational meeting at the course beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. This league is designed for intermediate golfers. Play begins April 5 and ends in August. Tee-off times are between 4 and 6 p.m. Players must be committed to play for 20 weeks. For more information, call Michelle Textor at (913) 345-8582 or Kathy Bexton at (913) 897-5755. A $40 kitty fee and $5 Hole in One fee are also due on April 5. Green fees are $16, payable weekly.

For the Heritage Park Working Ladies Golf League, an organizational meeting is set at the HPGC Clubhouse beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, and play will begin on Thursday, April 19. This league is also for ladies 18 and older and is designed for golfers of all ability levels with tee times between 4:10 and 6:10 p.m. with a different format each week. Players must be committed to play from April through September. A league registration fee of $50 is required and weekly green fees are $22 with a cart rental or $14 without. For more information about the HPGC league, call (913) 829-4653.

The Tomahawk Hills Golf Course is located at 17501 Midland Drive, Shawnee, and the Heritage Park Golf Course is located at 16445 Lackman Road, Olathe.

50 Plus plans Brochure & Bingo event on April 3 at Roeland Park Community Center
March 14, 2018

Meet other adults interested in learning about the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's new 50 Plus Programs which will debut in the May-August My JCPRD Activities catalog.

Called Brochure & Bingo, this program will take place on April 3.  The coordinators who plan these programs also want to hear what activities you are most interested in! Four games of themed bingo will be played for JCPRD gift cards. Please register in advance to reserve your spot.  To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “free event.”

Brochure & Bingo will take place beginning  at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. This one-hour event is free, but please reserve  your spot by registering online at  www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 41741.

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

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.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on April 4 & 18
March 14, 2018

Things that live under rocks and Mother Nature are the themes of  April Animal Tales Storytime sessions  being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Department at two locations. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during either or both of the remaining two sessions scheduled on select Wednesdays through April 18.

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

April Animal Tales presentations at the Ernie Miller Nature Center include an April 4 session called, "Who's Under the Rocks?," and a session on April 18 called "Mother Nature." 

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information about this program, contact the nature center at (913) 764-7759.