The Johnson County Park & Recreation District was established by state statute in 1953 and is governed by a seven-member Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. It comprises more than 9,600 acres and attracts more than seven million visitations annually. The district also provides more than 4,000 fee-supported recreational, cultural, environmental, and outdoor education programs each year that generate more than 2.5 million annual participations.
The district operates and maintains eight developed park areas, five future park sites, and a streamway parks system. It also manages a variety of facilities and programming sites throughout the county, including New Century Fieldhouse, Ernie Miller Nature Center, The Theatre in the Park, TimberRidge Adventure Center, Mill Creek Activity Center, the 22-acre Mildale Farm meeting and event site, three sports and recreation complexes, multiple programming sites for senior adults, three early childhood development centers, two 18-hole golf courses, and the year-round Roeland Park Aquatic Center.