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Ribbon cutting for Shawnee Mission Park beach house set for May 26

A ribbon cutting event on Saturday, May 26, will open the new beach house at Shawnee Mission Park and start the summer season with a free admission day.

The event, which will include comments from public officials, a DJ and giveaways, will begin at noon. In addition, a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, water and cookies will be provided. 

The Shawnee Mission Park beach was closed for the 2017 season for construction of the new beach house. The structure features a design called “Tidal” because it features a large, upward sloping roof which provides shade over the building and the adjacent patio area.  In November 2017, the beach house was recognized with an award from the  American Institute of Architects for Design Excellence.

The new facility also has:

  • 1,344 square feet of space including restrooms, concessions, check-in area, and office space
  •  a “rich blue” glazed block exterior
  •  an outdoor shower with feet and body sprayers surrounded by a low retaining wall, and
  • an ADA compliant walkway down to the beach

Regular hours at the beach, which will be open daily through Aug. 12, are noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, and noon to 6 p.m. all other days of the week. Open water swim training opportunities are offered from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Beach admission is $4 for Johnson County residents, or $4.50 for nonresidents for ages 12 and under; $6 for residents or $6.50 for nonresidents for ages 13 to 59; and $5 for residents or $5.50 for nonresidents for ages 60 and older. Admission for the Tuesday open water session is $7.

Free admission to the beach will also be offered on the following Saturday, June 2, as part of JCPRD’s annual A Day in the Park special event.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa.