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While people in Johnson County work hard, they like their downtime as well, and we offer many wonderful places for individuals and families to learn, play, relax, be active, and enjoy the outdoors. Johnson County’s dozens of parks, recreation facilities, lakes, and public gardens offer something for everyone. Checkout one of Johnson County’s 13 libraries, spend an afternoon at the Johnson County Museum, or when the weather is warm enjoy a movie or Broadway show at Theatre in The Park. Our recreational amenities play a huge role in Johnson County being a community of choice.

Recreation News

RideKC Bike & Scooter App now needed to rent bikes in JCPRD parks

Anyone who downloaded an app to rent RideKC Bikes at Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks prior to July 1, will need to download a different app for future rentals. 

“Bike Walk KC, the operator of the regional fleet of rentable bikes, e-bikes, and scooters, has created an all-in-one app for renting RideKC branded microtransit devices in the region; it’s the RideKC Bike & Scooter app,” explained JCPRD Project Manager Mark Allen. “Overall, this will make for a more integrated, single point-of-sale user experience.”

Previously, users would have needed to download and use proprietary applications for each of the different devices in the RideKC fleet; users renting pedal bikes sponsored by JCPRD needed the Drop Mobility app, while those renting a BCycle bike, which can also show up at hubs in JCPRD parks, needed a different app. 

“For this new system, you have one KC Bike and Scooter app that is the bigger umbrella for all of these microtransit devices,” Allen said. “You can now manage all your rentals in one spot.” 

After a trial rollout late last year, rentals of RideKC Bikes began June 1 in several JCPRD parks. This new system features a first-of-its-kind pedal bike model that operates in a “dockless” format. Bikes are located at hubs in each participating park, which can be found using the RideKC Bike & Scooter app. 

The parks-based system allows users to scan a bike to check it out, ride it safely, and then return it at any authorized hub location. Every bike has both a cable lock that wraps around a fixed object, and a wheel lock that automatically closes through the rear wheel, ensuring responsible parking. The first ride for new users is free; after that, bikes are one dollar to unlock and 10 cents per minute.

In response to COVID-19, RideKC Bike is providing enhanced sanitation methods to ensure rider safety with every maintenance check, movement between hubs, and repairs. 

JCPRD bike hub locations include:  Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park; Mid-America West Sports Complex, 20200 Johnson Dr., Shawnee; Mid-America Sports Complex, 20000 Johnson Dr., Shawnee; Mill Creek Streamway Park (at Lenexa’s Craig Crossing access point), 91st and Woodland Road, Lenexa; and Arthur & Betty Verhaeghe Park, 11401 W. 167th St., Overland Park. 

For more information, visit www.jcprd.com/bikes.

RideKC Bike is a partnership of BikeWalkKC, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The system provides a unique integration of public transit and shared use mobility. Three fleets of traditional pedal bikes, electric-assist bikes, and scooters provide residents and visitors with healthy, sustainable options for getting around Kansas City. BikeWalkKC is the owner/operator of RideKC Bike. Learn more at www.ridekcbike.com.

 

Travis Buell will begin Aug. 3 as the new deputy director of the Johnson County Park and Recreation

An Augusta, Kan., man with more than 20 years of experience in the field of parks and recreation, including positions in Oklahoma and Washington state, has been hired as the new deputy director for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Travis Buell will begin in his new role on Aug. 3.  He fills a position which has been vacant since September 2019 when Jeff Stewart left the deputy director’s position to become JCPRD’s executive director following the departure of the previous executive director, Jill Geller.

“His extensive experience and proven success in the park and recreation industry will be very valuable to JCPRD,” Stewart said. “His knowledge of and passion for the organization and the Johnson County community made Travis the clear choice for our Gold Medal team.”

“I feel that my leadership and ability to adapt to all situations positively makes me the ideal person for this position,” Buell added. “I have spent my career working to improve the communities I have worked in, developed future leaders for our profession, and improved outcomes within every department for which I have worked. I take pride in working through difficult situations with a positive attitude and encouraging disposition. I approach my work with the same dedication and commitment I have for my family, and work hard to integrate myself, wife, and children into the communities that I work in.”

Since June of 2017, Buell has served as the assistant director for Kitsap County Parks in Bremerton, Wash. While there, he has supported multiple divisions within the parks department as well as the county system, Buell worked closely with the board of county commissioners and the parks and recreation advisory board, developed and presented the annual budget, worked with stewardship groups, and spoke at community outreach events. He has also served as the project lead on several large park development and restoration efforts. 

Prior to his time at Kitsap County, Buell also served as assistant director for Ardmore (Okla.) Parks and Recreation from October 2014 to June 2017, and as recreation coordinator for Norman (Okla.) Parks and Recreation from July 2007 to March 2012. His background also includes serving in sports-related positions at YMCAs in Edmond, Okla., and in Wichita.

Buell holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He met his wife Amber, a Lenexa native, while playing baseball at Cloud County Community College. The Buells are the parents of twin ten-year-old sons, Calvin and Frederick. They have been very active in youth sports and said they look forward trying new things in Johnson County. Outside of work and organized athletics, the Buell family enjoys hiking, kayaking, golfing, traveling, and time around the fire pit with friends making s’mores.

At JCPRD, the deputy director position, which was first introduced in April 2017, serves as superintendent of the Administrative Services Division, providing oversight and support for all departments within the division. Additionally, the deputy director facilitates cooperative projects with area municipalities, makes presentations to area groups, represents JCPRD on county committees and workgroups, and serves as an ambassador for JCPRD throughout the community. The position also coordinates and oversees implementation of the agency’s Legacy Plan, and will serve in the role of executive director in Stewart’s absence.

Roadwork closes Heritage Park trail pedestrian access point beginning May 18

The Heritage Park trail pedestrian access point located at the intersection of 159th and Pflumm will be closed as the city of Overland Park installs a new roundabout. 

The trail closure is expected to run from Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, Aug. 11, and is dependent upon favorable weather.  Barricades will be placed on the trail north and south of 159th Street.

 Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.

See the map. 

 

Test your JoCo knowledge at Old Settlers

How much do you know about Johnson County? Come test your trivia skills with our Spin-to-Win wheel at Johnson County Old Settlers in downtown Olathe! We will have a booth at this event today, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. In addition to learning about the county, you’ll find experts on the upcoming 2020 Census who can answer your questions about what to expect next year, why participation is so important and how you can become a census worker.

Our booth is located just to the north of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Olathe). Other county entities represented at this event include the Johnson County Election Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management and Communications department. For more information on this event, please visit the Old Settlers website.

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