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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

School's Out Geocaching Event is March 29 in Antioch Park
March 6, 2019

Spend time outdoors with the family during a day in late March when school is out during a geocaching event being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in Antioch Park. 

This event is called School’s Out Geocache, and is a modern-day scavenger hunt for all ages. Each group will receive the loan of a GPS (Global Positioning System)  device and given instructions on how to find the caches hidden around Antioch Park. Receive a prize after finding the caches, then enjoy lunch and s‘mores. Those registering as individuals will each receive a GPS unit to use; participants registering as a group of four or less will be loaned one GPS unit; those registering as a group of seven or less will be loaned two GPS units. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under special events  and then under fun for all. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “geocaching.”

This program will meet at Shelter #2 in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, beginning at 11 a.m. The cost for one two-hour session is $10 for individuals for Johnson County residents or $11 per individual for nonresidents. A family rate for up to four people is offered at $30  for Johnson County residents or $33 for nonresidents, and a rate for up to seven people is $40 for Johnson County residents or $44 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required for this program.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

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

Lunch and Learn session on March 27 is opportunity to learn more about local agriculture
March 6, 2019

Discover the science of agriculture by learning about grains and produce operations in Kansas during the next Lunch & Learn program, which will be presented by the 50 Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late March.

Lunch & Learn – Behind the Scenes of Local Agriculture includes lunch and a presentation, which will let participants learn about the skills and machinery local farmers are currently utilizing. 

This Lunch & Learn is a companion program to a April 16 day trip called Hard Hats & Shovels which will take travelers to Topeka to tour one of Cargill, Inc.'s  largest grain elevators, and visit Rees’ Fruit Farm. 

To find this lunch & learn program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “special interest.” 

Lunch & Learn – Behind the Scenes of Local Agriculture will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one two-hour  program, including lunch, is $18 per person for  Johnson County residents or $20 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

The cost for the Hard Hats & Shovels Day Trip is $78 per person for one seven-and-one-half-hour trip, including transportation, tours, and lunch. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

Next Petite Picassos art programs for kids set for March 26
March 6, 2019

Pablo Picasso lends his name to a single-session art class for young children being offered at two locations in late March by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Petite Picassos is the name of this program, which is for ages three to six. Participants will join a teaching artist in the art studio as they read a book, look at art work, and create a thematic work of art! Parents are welcome and encouraged to join this class.

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

Petite Picassos is offered on Tuesday, March 26 at two locations. One class will meet at 10 a.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, while the other will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Mill Creek Activity Center (MCAC), 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.

The cost for one 45-minute class is $5 per child. This is a drop-in program and preregistration is not required. 

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

 

 

May through August issue of My JCPRD Activities catalog available after March 25
March 6, 2019

The next issue of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog will be online at www.jcprd.com on March 22 and in print form the week of March 25. Registration for classes in the catalog begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 25. The free publication covers JCPRD programs and events offered between May and August. 

The 60-page publication lists more than 500 programs. The catalog now features more concise program listings and directs readers to the website for more details. 

Listings in this issue include the HP3 5K, 10K & 15K, the Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon as well as other popular spring and summer events including: A Day in the Park,  Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs,  the Great American Family Campout, and much more. Program offerings range from arts and crafts to sports to nature activities, and include leagues, classes, seminars, workshops, and trips. Included are programs for toddlers through senior adults. Registration for classes in the next catalog will begin immediately after catalogs arrive. The majority of programs start on or after May 1.  

JCPRD's 2019 Camp Guide will not be included in the May through August catalog this year because it was mailed the guide to JCPRD's entire mailing list in late January, and the guide is also available at Johnson County Library locations, and at www.jcprd.com. Some additional summer camps are also listed inside the regular catalog.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is mailed out to approximately 30,000 past participants who have taken part in a district program within the last year. Catalogs will also be available at Johnson County Library Branches, community centers, various businesses, and at district locations.

Updated JCPRD program listings and 24-hour online registration are available on the district's website at www.jcprd.com. 

Faces and Figures classes for adults on March 9, 16 & 23 are part of B1V1 partnership
February 26, 2019

Three different adult art programs in Faces and Figures offered in March are part of a new partnership between the Arts Council of Johnson County After Action Network’s Operation: Art, and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Participants in these Faces and Figures  B1V1 class for ages 18 and older will take part in a focused study of the human form with a live model present.  A teaching artist is available to guide new students and to continue training for experienced artists. 

The arts partnership comes into play because this program is part of the Buy One Vet One (B1V1)  program.  Any program designated as B1V1 will include an additional $5 fee allowing a veteran to join the same participating program at no cost. This charitable program is presented as part of a grant awarded by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Learn more about Operation: Art by visiting afteractionnetwork.org. 

To find the Faces and Figures B1V1 classes in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “art.” 

Faces and Figures B1V1  classes include Hands on March 9Back on March 16; and Legs and Feet on March 23. All three classes take place beginning at 1 p.m. on a Saturday at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one two-hour session is $35 per person for Johnson County residents or $40 per person for nonresidents. To register online, click on the program titles above. 

Other B1V1 programs being presented by JCPRD this season include: Interview Theater Workshopsbeginning April 4; and Portfolio Prep beginning April 8. 

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

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