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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

Travis Buell will begin Aug. 3 as the new deputy director of the Johnson County Park and Recreation
July 10, 2020

An Augusta, Kan., man with more than 20 years of experience in the field of parks and recreation, including positions in Oklahoma and Washington state, has been hired as the new deputy director for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Travis Buell will begin in his new role on Aug. 3.  He fills a position which has been vacant since September 2019 when Jeff Stewart left the deputy director’s position to become JCPRD’s executive director following the departure of the previous executive director, Jill Geller.

“His extensive experience and proven success in the park and recreation industry will be very valuable to JCPRD,” Stewart said. “His knowledge of and passion for the organization and the Johnson County community made Travis the clear choice for our Gold Medal team.”

“I feel that my leadership and ability to adapt to all situations positively makes me the ideal person for this position,” Buell added. “I have spent my career working to improve the communities I have worked in, developed future leaders for our profession, and improved outcomes within every department for which I have worked. I take pride in working through difficult situations with a positive attitude and encouraging disposition. I approach my work with the same dedication and commitment I have for my family, and work hard to integrate myself, wife, and children into the communities that I work in.”

Since June of 2017, Buell has served as the assistant director for Kitsap County Parks in Bremerton, Wash. While there, he has supported multiple divisions within the parks department as well as the county system, Buell worked closely with the board of county commissioners and the parks and recreation advisory board, developed and presented the annual budget, worked with stewardship groups, and spoke at community outreach events. He has also served as the project lead on several large park development and restoration efforts. 

Prior to his time at Kitsap County, Buell also served as assistant director for Ardmore (Okla.) Parks and Recreation from October 2014 to June 2017, and as recreation coordinator for Norman (Okla.) Parks and Recreation from July 2007 to March 2012. His background also includes serving in sports-related positions at YMCAs in Edmond, Okla., and in Wichita.

Buell holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He met his wife Amber, a Lenexa native, while playing baseball at Cloud County Community College. The Buells are the parents of twin ten-year-old sons, Calvin and Frederick. They have been very active in youth sports and said they look forward trying new things in Johnson County. Outside of work and organized athletics, the Buell family enjoys hiking, kayaking, golfing, traveling, and time around the fire pit with friends making s’mores.

At JCPRD, the deputy director position, which was first introduced in April 2017, serves as superintendent of the Administrative Services Division, providing oversight and support for all departments within the division. Additionally, the deputy director facilitates cooperative projects with area municipalities, makes presentations to area groups, represents JCPRD on county committees and workgroups, and serves as an ambassador for JCPRD throughout the community. The position also coordinates and oversees implementation of the agency’s Legacy Plan, and will serve in the role of executive director in Stewart’s absence.

Shawnee Mission Park beach closed until July 18
July 10, 2020

The Shawnee Mission Park Beach is closing effective immediately after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials announced.

The staff member was involved in training with other beach staff, and no patrons were present at the time. Due to this situation, the agency is required by the Johnson County Health Department to close beach operations immediately through July 17. 

All patrons who had reservations for the beach during this period have been notified and full refunds are being issued. 

During the closure, the facility will undergo deep cleaning and disinfection to mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus and protect the health and safety of patrons and staff, which is also a top priority for JCPRD.

Park officials hope to reopen the beach on July 18. This year’s beach operations opened June 12 with modified operations which require advance online reservations in two-hour time frames.  When it resumes operations later this month, the beach will be open Thursday through Sunday, and visitors can choose from one of two time blocks offered from noon to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited per time block to allow for physical distancing. 

Regular daily beach admission rates for children 12 and under is $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults 13 to 59 is $6 for Johnson County residents or $6.50 for nonresidents and ages 60 and older are $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. 

This does not impact operations at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

JCPRD’s other beach at Kill Creek Park is not operating this year.


Roadwork closes Heritage Park trail pedestrian access point beginning May 18
May 21, 2020

The Heritage Park trail pedestrian access point located at the intersection of 159th and Pflumm will be closed as the city of Overland Park installs a new roundabout. 

The trail closure is expected to run from Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, Aug. 11, and is dependent upon favorable weather.  Barricades will be placed on the trail north and south of 159th Street.

 Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.

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