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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

Seven Next Kids' Day Out sessions at Johnson County Museum set for March
February 14, 2018

Youth ages five to 12 are invited to come have fun at the Johnson County Museum during any or all of seven days in March when school is out early spring!

During these Kids' Day Out Programs, participants can choose from a variety of activities each day, including exploring the museum's KidScape area, as well as, art, dance, music, and down time. Be sure to bring your lunch and a water bottle. Snacks are provided. Pre-registration  is required.

In all, eight Kids' Day Out programs are remaining through April 2. Each day's program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm and is limited to 45 participants. To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.”

March Kids' Day Out programs are set for: Friday, March 9 (barcode 41222); Monday, March 12 (barcode 41223); Tuesday, March 13 (barcode 41224); Wednesday, March 14 (barcode 41225); Thursday, March 15 (barcode 41226); Friday, March 16 (barcode 41227); and Friday, March 30 (barcode 41228). The final Kids’ Day Out is set for Monday, April 2 (barcode 41229).

Kids' Day Out sessions take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each 10-hour session is $30 per participant. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a search for the barcodes listed above.

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

Spring Break Trout Stocking set for Friday, March 9
February 14, 2018

Bring the kids and start out spring break week by watching  as hundreds of pounds of rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes.

These supplemental Spring Break Trout Stockings  will take place on Friday, March 9, at each respective lake's boat ramp. Stocking of about 600 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 1,400 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until the following day's park opening at 5 a.m.

This supplemental stocking follows an earlier stocking of about 5,400 pounds of trout in the two lakes on Feb. 21 and the official beginning of the 2018 trout season on Feb. 24.

JCPRD's rainbow trout program is totally funded by monies collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. Before fishing for trout in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit. All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit if fishing for trout. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch or release the trout you catch. Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

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 catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “fishing.”

For more information on this program, contact Visitor Services at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

St. Patrick's Day Dance for 50 Plus is March 9 at Matt Ross Community Center
February 14, 2018

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during a 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 your green for a chance at prizes for “Best Irish Garb.” Enjoy complimentary treats and lime green punch. Please bring your favorite sweet treat or dish to share. To find this program in the My JCPRD 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 9, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., 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 “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 41807.

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 My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on March 7 and 21
February 14, 2018

iddles and snakes are the themes of  March Animal Tales Storytime sessions  being presented by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center. Young children and their parents are invited to come listen and learn during any or all of the four remaining sessions scheduled on select Wednesdays through April 18.

 

Animal Tales Storytime is for ages two to six. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will feature stories, songs, and surprises. Participants will also get to meet a special animal friend at each session. Animal Tales Storytime was one of the many programs cited when the Ernie Miller Nature Center won an Oracle Award for Organizational Service and Leadership in the South Central Region from the National Storytelling Network a few years ago. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

March Animal Tales presentations at the Ernie Miller Nature Center include: a March 7 session called "Animal Riddles;" and a March 21 session called  "S is for Snakes."

The cost per 30-minute session is $2 per person, including adults, payable at the event. Advance registrations are not necessary for this program. Each session takes place on a Wednesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Other upcoming presentations at Ernie Miller Nature Center include: an April 4 session called, "Who's Under the Rocks?," and a session on April 18 called "Mother Nature."

Ernie Miller Nature Center is located at 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe.  For more information about this program, contact the Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

Next Adventure Walk for 50 Plus takes participants to Flint Hills Nature Trail on March 7
February 14, 2018

Experience the beauty of the Flint Hills during the first of two Adventure Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District through April.

A March 7 Adventure Walk is called the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Participants will explore the trail near Admire, Kan. Lunch will be at Marilynn’s Place in Osage City. This walk is expected to require an easy level of exertion. In all, the Flint Hills Nature Trail stretches for 117 miles across east-central Kansas, from Osawatomie in the east to Herington in the west, and passes through communities including Rantoul, Ottawa, Pomona, Vassar, Osage City, Miller, Admire, Allen, Bushong, and Council Grove. The trail passes through five counties: Miami, Franklin, Osage, Lyon, and Morris.

The Adventure Walks program is designed to help participants find their favorite trails all over the region. JCPRD provides transportation and a lunch reservation at a local restaurant close to our destination. Lunch costs on your own. Inclement weather date is the following week. Staff will determine if weather conditions are suitable for hiking. Please register at least one week prior to departure, and bring your own water bottle.

This Flint Hills Nature Trail outing will take place on Wednesday, March 7, and will depart at 8 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this nine-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $27 per person for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and complete a barcode search for 41737.

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

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.

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