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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

"Country Hoedown" is subject of Jo Ho Storyteller program on Oct. 18 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
September 20, 2017

The next session of entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art being presented by local Storyteller Jo Ho as part of a storytelling series being offered by the Johnson County Museum is set for mid-October.

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 Wednesday each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.  The cost for each one-hour program is $2 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape.

The next program in the series is called  "Country Hoedown" and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Participants are invited to put on their dancing boots and grab a partner as Granny McDonald invites them to some rootin’ and yahooin’ down on the farm yarns.  Whether it’s kissing a cow, givin’ a pig a belly rub, or chasin’ rabbits through the pumpkin patch, it’ll be the fall hootenanny you’re lookin’ for.  Yeehaw!

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40522.

Other upcoming Jo Ho Storyteller programs this season will include: "Fowl Play" (barcode 40523) on Nov. 15, and "Woodland Christmas" (barcode 40524) on Dec. 20.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “storytelling.”

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.

Free New Horizons Band Concert set for Oct. 17 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
September 20, 2017

A free concert by the New Horizons Band is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

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 My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog,  look for the keyword “concert.” To see this program online, visit the district's website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper right part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40450.

The New Horizons Band is also planning concerts on Dec. 5 at JCAHC, and an annual holiday concert at Kansas City's Union Station on a date that has yet to be announced. Please call (913) 826-3160 for up-to-date information on the Union Station Concert.

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.

 

50 Plus Plans Adventure Hike to visit Missouri's Rock Bridge Park on Oct. 14
September 20, 2017

Missouri's Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is the destination for an adventure hike being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Participants will visit the 2,200+ acre park near Columbia, Mo., where they will see beautiful rock formations, sinkholes, and caves to explore. The group will hike the rugged trails of rock and earth in this beautiful Missouri State Park. Investigate the Devil’s Icebox, sinkholes, and the other distinctive features of this region. Lunch after the hike will take place at Sophia’s in Columbia.

This outing is considered a difficult hike. 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 printed catalog and when using the advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure hike.”

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at  8 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost  for one nine-hour outing, including transportation, is $31 per person for Johnson County residents or $34 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a barcode search for 40341.

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, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Ribbon cutting for new Coffee Creek Streamway Trail set for Oct. 14
September 20, 2017

After nearly a year of construction, a mid-October ribbon cutting is planned for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s newest streamway park trail.

This special event for the Coffee Creek Streamway Park Trail’s initial phase of 3.4 miles will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, near Shelters 9 and 10 in Heritage Park, which is the current primary access point and western terminus for the new trail. The ribbon cutting will include light refreshments, giveaways, and comments by Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commission Chair Paul Snider and other officials.

“We’re pleased to open this new streamway trail, which will help serve the greenspace needs of southeast Johnson County,” said JCPRD Project Manager Bill Leek. “This trail traverses open fields, most of it leftover pasture lands, with some woodlands along the stream,” he said. “The woodlands along the stream consist primarily of oak, hickory, hackberry, sycamore, and cottonwood.”

The new trail stretches from Heritage Park east to Switzer Road. At this time, the shelter near Heritage Park Shelters 9 and 10 is the only place trail users will find restrooms and other amenities. The trail is also connected to surrounding residential neighborhoods, but no parking for trail access is provided at those points. As with other JCPRD streamway trails, the paved trail is for pedestrians and bikes, and equestrian use and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

This phase of trail development ends to the east at 169th Street near Switzer Road and the Coffee Creek Crossing Development, where it connects to a sidewalk.

A future access point with amenities is planned about halfway through the phase I trail, but will have to wait until anticipated extensions of 167th Street going east and west and Flint Street going north and south give access to what is referred to as the Verhaeghe property. Extension of the two streets by the city of Overland Park is expected in 2018.

No funding or timeframe has been set for the trail’s next phase, which is expected to take the trail roughly two miles southeast to where Coffee Creek converges with the Blue River, just west of 69 Highway and northeast of the Overland Park Arboretum. Other agencies, including Overland Park, are planning trails along the Blue River. For more information about the Coffee Creek Streamway Park, go to jcprd.com/parks_facilities/coffee_creek_strmwy.cfm.

Museum Exhibit Speaker to talk about the Hallmark Cards Archives on Oct. 12
September 20, 2017

Hallmark Cards Historian Samantha Bradbeer will share stories from the Hallmark Cards Archives when she is the speaker for a special event at the Johnson County Museum in mid-October.

This program is called Museum Exhibit Speaker and will take place on Oct. 12 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The Hallmark Archives houses a vast and diverse history of graphic design trends, and documents the greeting card industry over two hundred years. The significance of these holdings stem from Hallmark founder J.C. Hall’s encouragement for a high level of quality and creativity and a longstanding tradition of support for the arts. Bradbeer will talk about how a holiday becomes a card-sending occasion, as well as stories behind the holidays.

To find this program in JCPRD's online listings at jcprd.com, browse first under adult and then under special events. Note that this is a change of speakers from the topic originally announced in the September through December issue of the My JCPRD Activities catalog.

This program will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12. The cost for one two-hour program is $15 per person for adults, or $12 for museum members. Members should call (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a search for barcode 40659.

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. 

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September 22, 2017 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Family Fishing Night

September 23, 2017 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Flight of the Monarch

September 24, 2017 | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Fall Public Hayride

September 29, 2017 | 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

50 Plus Plants of the Prairie

September 30, 2017 | 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

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