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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

Breakfast Bingo special event for 50 Plus set for Sept. 12 at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
August 16, 2018

Join us as we celebrate National American Breakfast Month with assortment of your breakfast favorites and bingo during an event being presented in mid-September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called Breakfast Bingo. Make new friends and enjoy a full meal, prizes, fun, and 12 games of bingo. A variety of prizes will be awarded, including gift certificates.  

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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”

Breakfast Bingo will take place beginning  at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12,  at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park. The cost for this two-hour-and-one-half-hour event is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the Bingo Program. No additional charge for Bingo.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. Please pre-register at least one week in advance, or by Sept. 5 for this event.

Another Special Event Bingo program is scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Roeland Park Community Center, when the theme is Chili Bingo.

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.

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

50 Plus Plans Sept. 12 Adventure Walk to visit Southwind Trail
August 16, 2018

The first of three Adventure Walks being planned this fall  by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will take participants to Southwind Rail Trail in Allen County, Kan., in mid-September.

This Southwind Trail Adventure Walk will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Stretching from Iola to Humbolt, this old railway offers a unique trail. The Southwind crosses an old railway bridge, is tree-lined, and offers views of small farms.  

This hike is expected to require an easy level of exertion.  To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walks.”

This program will depart at 8 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. The cost for one nine-hour outing, including transportation to the walk site, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch will be at Sam and Louie’s in Iola, with costs on your own.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

Other upcoming adventure walk offerings include: Konza Prairie on Oct. 24, and Pershing State Park on Nov. 7.

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 pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches.

Free new storytime program offered at Mill Creek Activity Center beginning Sept. 10
August 16, 2018

Join us for a free new storytime program being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center beginning in early September.

Called MCAC Storytime, this program is for all ages. This program is meant to be an exciting storytime experience that will vary with new and exciting activities. Presenters may offer books, lessons, songs, and crafts

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment and special interests.

This program will take place weekly at 10:15 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 12 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The first program on Sept. 10 will have the theme "Animal Stories." Other programs and their themes are: Sept. 17, "Movement Motivation;" Sept. 24, "Muppets©;" Oct. 1, "Disney© World Day;" Oct. 8, "Krazy Kids;" Oct. 15, "Be Better Than The Bully;" Oct. 22, "Parachute Day;" Oct. 29, "Costume Day;" Nov. 5, "A-MAZE-ING Monday;" Nov. 12,  "Sundae Sundae Sundae."          

There is no cost for these programs, and registration is not required, so feel free to stop by and join us.

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

Family Fishing Night set for Sept. 7 at TimberRidge Adventure Center
August 16, 2018

Join us for a family fun night of fishing during a special event being offered at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s TimberRidge Adventure Center in Olathe.

Family Fishing Night is for all ages. A dinner of hotdogs, chips, and apples will be provided from 5 to 5:30 pm.  This will be followed by fishing at Catfish Pond (one of three lakes on the property) from 5:30 to 7 pm with boats available.  Parents need to be able to assist their children with fishing.  We will end the evening roasting marshmallows at a campfire from 7 to 7:30 pm.  Staff will assist with boats and can help with basic fishing questions. Note that life vests must be worn when boating.  Bring your own pole and tackle or we can provide a fishing pole.  We will also provide bait and marshmallows. Participants age 16 and older are required to have a Kansas fishing license, which will not be sold on site.

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 “fishing.”

This program will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the  TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost for this three-hour program is $12 per person for Johnson County residents or $13 per person for nonresidents, including adults. Preregistration is required for this program.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Mommy and Me Dance class for ages 3 and under begins Sept. 7
August 16, 2018

Encourage early social skills and other developmental goals during a class for young children and a parent being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in early September.

Mommy and Me Dance is the name of this program, which is for ages three and under with an adult. This program is meant to give parents opportunities to bond with their young dancer as they work together to discover rhythm and music in this interactive dance class.  This sensory-rich curriculum also encourages balance control, and involves sounds that encourage language and literacy development.  

To find this program in My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “dance.”

Mommy and Me Dance is offered at 10 a.m. Fridays beginning  Sept. 7 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.The cost for 14 45-minute classes is $100 per parent and child for Johnson County residents or $125 per person for nonresidents. or register online at www.jcprd.com. Interested parties can also attend individual sessions for a drop-in fee of $8 per parent and child.

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

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