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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

“The Jolly Barnyard” is next Retro Storytime program on Sept. 11 at the Johnson County Museum
August 14, 2019

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly from September through December at the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Storytime and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session's story presentation, enjoy a craft activity for little hands. Stories change monthly. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month through December at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under heritage & history. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.” 

The first program in the new season is called “The Jolly Barnyard,” and will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. In this classic Little Golden Book from 1950, it’s Farmer Brown’s birthday, and the animals are deciding what they’ll do for him on his special day.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 22219.

Other upcoming Retro Storytime programs this season will include: “I Like to Live in the City”  on Oct. 9 (course ID 22220), "Four Puppies" on Nov. 13 (course ID 22221), and “Frosty the Snow Man" on Dec. 11 (course ID 22222).

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

Step into Wellness event for 50 Plus is Sept. 10 in Meadowbrook Park
August 14, 2019

A new name and a new location are planned for an early fall special event which has provided 50 Plus participants with an opportunity to get outside, enjoy local trails, and stay active for 24 years now.  

This event is called Step Into Wellness (previously In Step and In Shape), and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in  Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. In addition to an organized walk with one mile, and 5K (3.1 miles) options, there will be opportunities to explore the world of wellness, enjoy demonstrations and activities, visit with representatives from local businesses, and enjoy a catered lunch.  

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 “special events.”

The cost for this four-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents, and includes lunch. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 23799.

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

Reserve your 2019 Fall Group Hayride early for best choice of dates
August 14, 2019

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through  Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $8 per person or a minimum of $90 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per ten children is required.

Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 21 and Nov. 24. Hayrides take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge Parklands on the north side of  Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

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

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 29, while the other will take place on Nov. 3. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is also $8 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on Register for Activities, and perform a course ID search for 23804 for the Sept. 29 ride or 23805 for the Nov. 3 ride. 

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

 

 

Seal coat project planned at Heritage and Coffee Creek Streamway parks Aug. 19 through 22
August 8, 2019

Asphalt trails in Heritage Park and in the Coffee Creek Streamway Park will be closed for sealcoating for about four days in late August. 

In addition to the 3.5 miles of the Coffee Creek Trail, this project will also involve about three miles of trail around the lake and the trail that connects to the city of Olathe’s trail at 159th and Pflumm, and approximately one-and-one-half miles of trail connecting the ballfield parking lot to Shelter #7.

This seal coating project is expected to run from Monday, Aug. 19, to Thursday, Aug. 22, and is dependent upon favorable weather.  

"Sealcoating acts as a waterproofing agent, minimizing the rate at which water enters the asphalt of our trails," said Southeast Region Parks Manager Eddie Coffey. "Sealcoating seals the asphalt pavement, preventing the oxidation and erosion of the top layer and replaces fine particles lost from the asphalt surface due to oxidation on older pavements."

Coffey added that the affected trails will be reopened as soon as possible. 

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Coffee Creek Streamway Park can be accessed near Heritage Park Shelters #9 and #10, which is the western terminus for this trail, which opened in October 2017.

 

New season of Animal Tales Storytime sessions begins Sept. 4 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
August 8, 2019

A new season of Animal Tales Storytime will begin Sept. 4  at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe.

Animal Tales Storytime invites young children and their parents to come listen and learn during any or all of the eight sessions scheduled on two Wednesdays per month through Dec. 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 “storytime.”

Storytime presentations this season include:  “Animal Friends” on Sept. 4, “Johnny Appleseed” on Sept. 18, “Fabulous Fall” on Oct. 2, “Creepy Critters” on Oct. 16, “Bedtime Burrows” on Nov. 6, “Let's Talk Turkey" on Nov. 20, "Mrs. Claus" on Dec. 4, and "Visit from Santa” on Dec. 18.  

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. All sessions take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday. 

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) 826-2800.

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