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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

See a Royals game during "Senior Day at the K" 50 Plus social outing on June 21
May 26, 2017

Join other senior groups around the Kansas City Metropolitan area at Kauffman Stadium to root for the Royals as they take on the Red Sox during a late June social outing being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This program is called Senior Day at the K. The outing price  includes a special ‘Senior Day at the K’ T-shirt, transportation with drop off and pick up at the gate, and a ticket to the game. Seats are on the lower level in section 214 or 215.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “social outing.”

Participants will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam,  at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, and return at approximately 5:30 p.m. that day. The cost is $72 per person.  Lunch costs are on your own.. For more information or to register by phone, 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 39081.

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. 

Dino O'Dell concert on June 20 is first in new series of Kid-Friendly Musical Performances at Johnson County Museum
May 26, 2017

Fun, music, and movement are in store when the Johnson County Museum presents a series of four Kid Friendly Musical Performances beginning in late June. These programs all take place at the museum's new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in the former King Louie Building, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park.

Kid Friendly Musical Performances  are designed for ages two through ten with an adult, and will all take place beginning at 10 a.m.  To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “music.”

The first Kid Friendly Musical Performance is Dino O'Dell on Tuesday, June 20. Come enjoy Dino’s unique blend of folk-rock and reggae! Whether he is counting monsters, fixing spaceships, or swimming in peanut butter, Dino's interactive songs and tall tales stir the imagination, inspire curiosity, and engage the whole child. The cost for this 45-minute program is $5 per person, or $4 for museum members.

To register for this program by phone, 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 38815.

Upcoming entries in the Kid Friendly Musical Performances include: The Drum Safari Show (barcode 38816) on June 26, Jim Cosgrove and the Hiccups (barcode 38817) on July 28, and Rockin' Rob (barcode 38818) on Aug. 23.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Twilight Swim event planned at Roeland Park Aquatic Center on June 20
May 26, 2017

Swim under the stars on a beautiful summer night during a special event at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called Twilight Swim, and is for all ages. It’s a great way to beat the heat while spending some quality time with your family! A special snack package will be available for purchase at the snack bar.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun For All and then under special events. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “family fun."

The Twilight Swim will take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for one 90-minute event is $5 per  person.  For more information or to register, call the aquatic center at (913) 432-3905, or register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 39383. Participants are asked to register at least one week in advance.

Another Twilight Swim is planned for July 25. The barcode for that program is 39384.

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

New intergenerational Pickleball Pals event is June 16 at New Century Fieldhouse
May 26, 2017

Add pickleball as another family tradition through a new intergenerational special event being planned by the 50 Plus Department of  the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This event is called Pickleball Pals and is for ages 50 plus and their grandkids.  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. This fast-growing sport is fantastic for folks of all ages. This event includes a lesson from a pickleball local and time for lots of real game play.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, 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 event.”

Pickleball Pals will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 16, at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, near Gardner. The cost for one two-hour event is $9 per individual, or $16 per child and grandparent. 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 39069.

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

"This is Not a Box" is subject of next museum storytelling program on June 16 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
May 26, 2017

With the Johnson County Museum reopening at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in the former King Louie Building, a new session of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art is being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho beginning in mid-June.

Titled simply Jo Ho Storyteller, this series of stand-alone programs is for ages three to five. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on one day each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $6 per person, including adults, and museum members are $3. Each ticket includes admission to the museum and the new and expanded KidScape experience. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “storytelling.”

The first program in the series is called "This is Not a Box!" on Friday, June 16. These “building with boxes” stories are well insulated with hilarious characters, concrete plots, and framed with lots of role-playing for carpenters of all ages. 

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 38812.

Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season will include: “Turtle Tales” (barcode 38813) on July 19, and “My Big Purple Crayon,” (barcode 38814) on Aug. 16.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement  Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

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