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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

Johnson County Museum Foundation Secures Grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area for New Signature Exhibition planned for the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
February 22, 2017

Shawnee, Kan. – Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area has awarded the Johnson County Museum Foundation a $5,000 grant for the for the exhibit “Becoming Johnson County,” scheduled to open at the Johnson County Museum’s new location in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in May 2017.

 

This grant funding will allow the Johnson County Museum to support the direct costs associated with the section of the exhibit examining the Border War and Civil War period from 1855 to 1865.  The exhibition, “Becoming Johnson County,” will provide museum visitors with a survey of Johnson County’s history and development from 1825 to 2000.

 

The Museum Foundation has spearheaded the financing of the exhibition, and started a capital campaign last year. To date, over $1.4 million has been raised.  Major funding has been provided by the Regnier Family Foundation, and the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County. In addition, contributions have been received from Bright Ideas Signs; Kansas Humanities Council; DaVinci Roofscapes; Eclipse Roofing, Inc; William T. Kemper Foundation; Kansas City Power & Light; Stueck Family Foundation; Central Bank of the Midwest; as well as over 50 individual community members.

 

The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant program was started in 2012. Since then, more than 48 projects have been awarded grant funding. Grant projects have been completed on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border, in the 41-county region that comprises the heritage area.

 

Projects awarded grant funding must interpret local history, and connect to one or more of the three major themes of the heritage area: the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. Grants range in amount from under $1,500 to $5,000. All awards over $1,500 require that the grant recipient show a local match of half the amount of the award. This match can be in the form of cash, or in-kind donations, and staff and volunteer time.

 

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area is one of 49 heritage areas in the United States. Heritage areas are nonprofit affiliates of the National Park Service (NPS). They act as coordinating entities between the local organizations telling nationally significant stories and the NPS.

Freedom’s Frontier was established as a heritage area on Oct. 12, 2006, when signed into law by President George W. Bush. The heritage area’s management plan was approved by the Department of the Interior and the NPS in 2010. Freedom’s Frontier is headquartered in the Carnegie Building, 200 W. 9th St., in Lawrence, Kan.

Grant applications are accepted from organizations within the borders of the heritage area which have signed a partner pledge with Freedom’s Frontier, and meet all other qualifications for grant funding. Applications are reviewed quarterly by a peer group from the partnership. Organizations are asked to complete their grant projects within a year of the grant award. For more information about Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, visit the website at www.freedomsfrontier.org.

The Johnson County Museum is funded by Johnson County (Kan.) Government, and operated and managed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCRPD), as of Jan. 1, 2016.  The Johnson County Museum (JCM) operates three facilities: the main museum and the 1950s All-Electric House both located in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, Overland Park, Kan., and the Lanesfield Historic Site near Gardner, Kan.  With the mission of “challenging you to explore the story and heritage of Johnson County, through an exceptional venue, collections, exhibitions, and programs,” the JCM collects materials of historical significance about Johnson County and its residents, develops exhibitions, and provides educational opportunities for the general public and school audiences. 

In addition, the JCM provides a research library, special events, and online collections at www.JoCoHistory.net. In 2015, the JCM served a total of 129,747 people: 46,000 people onsite and over 83,000 via online resources.

The JCM also is supported by the Johnson County Museum Foundation, private 501c3 organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Museum Foundation’s primary function is raising funds to support museum exhibit development, educational programs, and special events.

 

 

New St. Patrick's Day Dance for 50 Plus is March 17 at Matt Ross Community Center
February 22, 2017

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during a new special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This St. Patrick's Day Dance will feature 40's and 50's tunes from local group, The Playboys. Be sure to wear green for a chance at prizes for “Best Irish Attire.” Enjoy complimentary coffee and lime green punch. Please bring your favorite sweet treat or dish to share. To find this program in the JCPRD’s 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 “Irish event.”

This event will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park. The cost for this two-hour dance is $5 per person.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36961.

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.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Additional vehicle could be added if enough interest shown for March 15 Adventure Walk in Missouri's Prairie State Park
February 22, 2017

A waiting list is now being taken for a mid-March Adventure Walk at Prairie State Park in southwestern Missouri being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This Prairie State Park Adventure Walk on March 15 has already filled, but if enough additional interest is shown, an additional vehicle could be added to the trip, allowing more folks to enjoy this park which is home to bison, coyotes, elk, the endangered regal fritillary butterfly, and panoramic vistas of swaying grass and wildflowers. If you're interested in this outing, get on the waiting list today by calling (913) 831-3359.

The nearly 4,000-acre Prairie State Park offers opportunities to see this region at its best. Walkers will help choose which trail, or trails, we take. Lunch will be at El Caballo de Oro Mexican Restaurant across the state border in Pittsburg, Kan.

The March 15 adventure walk is considered an easy walk. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walk.” To view this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36923.

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, and return about 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359.

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.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for March 14 at Lakeview Village
February 22, 2017

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at Lakeview Village, 9100 Park St., Lenexa.

This is the only concert the group is offering this winter and spring. For this event, the entire 45+ member ensemble is expected to play for about an hour. This top-notch entertainment is free of charge.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “concert.” To see this program online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 36906.

The New Horizons Band is a program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music. The band is a group of music-loving adults age 50 and older who meet about once a week to practice. The group includes brass, woodwind, and percussion. New Horizons has been in existence for about 16 years and currently has about 45 band members, including members who come from as far as Blue Springs to participate. UMKC music majors assist the band director.

For anyone interested in joining the group, the band meets for practices weekly on Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Beginning band lessons are also available. For more information about the band or the concerts, call (913) 826-3160.

 

Roeland Park Aquatic Center offers open swimming during Spring Break
February 17, 2017

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will offer open swim hours during the week in mid-March when Shawnee Mission and other area schools observe spring break.

The facility, which is located at 4843 Rosewood just east of the Roeland Park Community Center, will offer open swimming from noon to 1:30 p.m. daily Monday through Friday on March 13-17. 

The cost for individual admission varies by age and residency. For ages three to 59, the cost is $6 per person for Roeland Park residents, $7 per person for Johnson County residents, and $8 per person for non-county residents. For ages 60 and older, the cost is $5.50 per person for Roeland Park residents, $6.50 per person for Johnson County residents, and $7.50 per person for non-county residents. Admission for ages two and under is free, regardless of residency.

The Roeland Park Community Center features an air-supported dome covering an inverted C-shaped 50-meter pool. The pool has a zero-depth entry and a maximum depth of 13 feet. Other features include: a 25 yard by 25 meter competitive area; four 50-meter swimming lanes; and a bath house with lockers and a family change area.

The facility is owned by the City of Roeland Park and operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

For information on current happenings at the facility, call the pool hotline at (913) 312-8838 or call the pool at (913) 432-1377.

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