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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

New Bug Hunt event for ages 3-5 offered on June 11 at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse
May 15, 2019

Young children with a parent can learn about insects during a new special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the newly-opened Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse.

Bug Hunt is the name of this event, which is for ages three to five with an adult. Participants will scavenge the sidewalks, dig in the dirt, and peer into the pond to find amazing insects. Along the way, young adventurers will create a bug box and explore. 

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

This Bug Hunt will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for  one 90-minute session  is $6 per child for Johnson County residents or $7 per child for nonresidents. 

For more information or to register, 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. 

June 7 deadline set for June 28 Summer Slam Pickleball Tournament at Lenexa Community Center
May 15, 2019

Register by June 7 to participate in the Summer Slam Pickleball Tournament being presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. This tournament will take place on June 28 at the Lenexa Community Center.

Awards will be presented for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. This tournament is expected to fill, so register early! All players must be 50 by June 28, 2019. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then sports. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “pickleball.” 

Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and table tennis played on a court with two players per side who use a wiffleball and paddles.

The Summer Slam Pickleball Tournament will get under way at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa. The fee for one eight-hour tournament is $25 per person, and no tax is charged. Lunch is available for $9. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. For more information, call (913) 826-2830. To register online, visit www.jcprd.com.

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

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs offered on June 7, 14, 21, & 28
May 15, 2019

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and 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 fun for all, and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature programs.”

June presentations are:

June 7: Stories Under the Stars - Enjoy old-fashioned family fun with stories that will delight the young and the young at heart. Join our park staff as we share stories of animal encounters, mysterious legends, and tales to tickle your funny bone. All ages are welcome to experience in the wonder and magic of storytelling.

June 14: Killer Beaks and Feet - See live raptors and discover their adaptations that make them such excellent hunters.  

June 21: Down by the Pond - Enjoy an evening celebrating the unique inhabitants and ecosystem of ponds and meet a live toad.

June 28: Snakes Alive - See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world. 

Other amphitheater programs planned this summer include: Wildlife Who's Who on July 12, Predators on the Prowl on July 19, and Kansas Symbols on July 26. For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Step into Wellness event for 50 Plus is June 5 in the new Meadowbrook Park
May 15, 2019

A new name and a new location are planned for an early summer 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 Wednesday, June 5, at the new Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. In addition to an organized walk with two different options, there will be 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 two-and-one-half-hour event is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $16 per person for nonresidents, and includes lunch. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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. 

“A Day in the Park” special event returns to JCPRD parks on June 1
May 15, 2019

A day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks, and recreational spaces first introduced in 2010 is returning in early June. 

On June 1, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District will present A Day In the Park by offering free admission to park beaches, free boat rentals of all rentable watercraft, including pedal boats, canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks at Shawnee Mission Park, and paddleboards, and kayaks at Kill Creek Park, and by waiving JCPRD fishing permits at Shawnee Mission, Kill Creek, and other parks where fishing is allowed. 

The June 1 date ties into both the JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and district fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day. It should be noted that JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout.

Marina hours on June 1 are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park and Noon to 6 p.m. at Kill Creek Park, where the marina operates out of the beach. Because of the volume of visitors on this day, free rentals are limited to 30 minutes per boat. The last rental for both locations is one hour before close. Beach hours are noon to 6 p.m. at both parks.

A JCPRD booth adjacent to the marina parking lot at Shelter #3 will be the source of information about activities at Shawnee Mission Park throughout the day, and will also be selling low-cost concessions. The Johnson County Sailing Society will be giving free sailboat rides and demonstrations from noon to 1 p.m. on Shawnee Mission Park Lake. 

 Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. 

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