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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

JCPRD winter park hours begin Nov. 1
October 14, 2019

Winter hours of 7:30  a.m. to 8 p.m. go into effect Nov. 1 for many Johnson County Park and  Recreation District parks. These winter hours will stay in effect through Feb. 29.

District parks impacted by the new hours are: Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe;  Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto; Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton, and Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. Winter hours for Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa, are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other district parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th and Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Park System access points.  

Park hours are reduced each winter to reduce costs and to allow for the reallocation of staff time to other activities at a time when fewer people typically visit the parks because of colder weather and earlier nightfall.

As of mid-October outdoor restrooms and water fountains in JCPRD parks are in the process of being turned off and weatherized to avoid damage from freezing. Notable exceptions are the "off-the-grid" restroom at the Heritage Park Off-Leash Dog Area, which uses solar panels on the roof to heat water in a tubing system to provide radiant heat to the building, restrooms in the foyer area of the JCPRD Administration Building near the 79th St. entrance in Shawnee Mission Park, which are climate controlled and will remain open during park hours throughout the year; restrooms in the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, at 9101 Nall, Prairie Village; and two restrooms in Big Bull Creek, including one at the combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation located at 19770 Four Corners Road, and another near the nature-themed playground at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton.

For more information, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 438-7275.

New Pumpkin Party for ages 3-5 with a parent planned for Oct. 31
October 14, 2019

Young children with a parent can get into the Halloween spirit during a new special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District on Halloween Day.

Pumpkin Party is the name of this event, which is for ages three to five with a parent. Participants will spend the morning playing games, enjoying spooky snacks, and trick-or-treating in the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse. Be sure to come in costume and enter our contest for a special prize. 

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

The Pumpkin Party will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for this one-and-one-half-hour program is $6 per child for Johnson County residents or $7 per child for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 22856.

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

JCPRD gymnastics offers Halloween Handspring Clinic for girls on Oct. 30
October 14, 2019

Helping young gymnasts improve or master back and front handsprings is the goal of a gymnastics special event for girls being offered in late October by the Gymnastics Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Called the Halloween Handspring Clinic, this single-session program is intended for female gymnasts ages six to 12. Participants should already have Level 2 or 3 gymnastics skills. For an optimal learning experience, it is encouraged for participants to have a round off, front limber, and back bend kick over.

This Halloween Handspring Clinic will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the JCPRD Gymnastics Center, located inside the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.  To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth then under gymnastics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “gymnastics special event.” 

The cost for one one-hour session is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 per person for nonresidents. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 21963.

Additional Gymnastics Special events for ages six to 12 at the Mill Creek Activity Center are scheduled over the next five months and beyond. Planned are: a themed Parents' Night Out program for boys and girls on Nov. 16 (21966); as well as skill-based programs for girls including an Ultimate Uneven Bar Clinic on Nov. 8 (21967), and a Winter Camp on Jan. 2 and 3(22357).

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

 

Explore Meadowbrook Park trails on Oct. 30 with 50 Plus Social Walk
October 14, 2019

Hit the trails at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s newest park when the 50 Plus Department presents a social walk in late October.

This program is called Social Walk: Meadowbrook Park, and will take place at this new 80-acre facility which opened in June at 9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village. Participants can chat with old friends and new on about four miles of beautiful trails in the park, followed by a delicious lunch in the park’s clubhouse and a facility tour. 

This outing is considered an easy walk. 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 “social walk.” 

This outing will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 9 a.m. in the park. The cost for this three-hour program, including walking, a tour, and lunch, is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 22853.

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

Game Night for 50 Plus is Oct. 30 at Cedar Lake Village
October 14, 2019

Laugh the night away during a special event being presented at Cedar Lake Village in conjunction with the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Game Night is the name of this event. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled evening of games from the past, dinner, and six games of bingo! 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 keyword “games.” 

This event will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Cedar Lake Village, 15325 S. Lone Elm Road, Olathe. The cost for one two-hour program is $11 per person for Johnson County residents or $12 per person for nonresidents until Oct. 23. After that date, the cost is $14 per person for Johnson County residents or $15 per person for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and perform a course ID search for 24213.

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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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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