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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

New Family Overnight Camping 101 event at TimberRidge Adventure Center set for Oct. 12
September 24, 2018

Play hooky with your kids and come learn about camping during a new mid-October event at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center.

Family Overnight Camping 101 is the name of this event, which begins with tent set-up and on your own exploration followed by boating and fishing before dinner at 6 pm. Programmed activities will continue until 9 p.m. Group breakfast will be available at 7 and event ends by 8:30 am. If you don’t have a tent, but want to come, we have one you can rent,  but you will need to bring bedding and other supplies. This is a great way to try camping without purchasing all the equipment. For more information, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.  No pets are allowed for this event. 

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

Family Overnight Camping 101 will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The cost is $30 per person  for Johnson County residents, or $33 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is  a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. The TimberRidge entrance is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is normally accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

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

Family Night Hike offered on Oct. 12 in Ernie Miller Park
September 24, 2018

Brave the park after dark with your family. during a special event being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in mid-October.

This intergenerational program is called Family Night Hike and is for ages eight and older with an adult. Participants are invited to move like a ninja on the trails, bring your flashlight for a game of firefly tag, and to listen for the nocturnal sounds of a cricket’s chorus and a barred owl’s call. 

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

Family Night Hike will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. The cost for one 90-minute session is $7 per person, including adults, for Johnson County residents or $8 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. Youth must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information or to register, 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. 

Tricks & Treats Bingo for 50 Plus set for Oct. 10
September 24, 2018

“Tricks & Treats” is the theme of the next bingo session being offered in early October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

All of this season's bingo sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature a dozen games of bingo, as well as food, prizes, and fun. Bingo prizes include  gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. The cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for nonresidents. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. Advance registration is required.

The  “Tricks & Treats” bingo session will take place on Wednesday,  Oct. 10, at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park. Other upcoming fall and early winter 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include: "Fantasy Football" on Nov. 1 at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner; "Candy Cane Lane" on Dec. 12 at the Matt Ross Community Center. Another November session previously scheduled at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse has been cancelled.

To find these programs 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 keyword “games.” For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online by clicking the name of the bingo above. 

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

Mixed Media class for adults on Oct. 8 is part of B1V1 partnership
September 24, 2018

A new adult art program in Mixed Media offered in early October  is 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.

Exploring with paint and a variety of mixed materials, participants in this Mixed Media B1V1 class for ages 21 and older will partake in the process of collage to express their inner creativity. Students are encouraged to let go of expectations to discover what is unique about a visual adventure in integrating a variety of materials, discarded and recycled, with paint to explore the creative process. This class will use a "compose-as-you-go in paint and collage" approach to create an expression of this experience, time, and place. The resulting collages will be developed as personal treasure maps that tell a visual story through images and color. 

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 Mixed Media B1V1 class 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.” 

Mixed Media B1V1 is offered at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8. The cost for one three-hour session is $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 per person for nonresidents. Register online. 

The next B1V1 program being presented by JCPRD will be Introduction to Light on Saturday, Oct. 13. Register online

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

Whimsical Woods program returns to Ernie Miller Park on Oct. 6
September 24, 2018

There's nothing scary about a Halloween special event being offered at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park in early October. The program is called Whimsical Woods and is for ages 11 and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

 

Participants will enjoy a walk on the park's trail with the award-winning staff of the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Costumed storybook characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. This program consists of a short trail walk with stations featuring interpreters who interact with participants. Participants will meet the Good Fairy and Forest Friends.  In addition, there will be live animals, stories, songs, and surprises. Group sessions will begin every 15 minutes between 1 and 3:15 p.m. For participants, the program length will be about one and one-half hours. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.

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 “Halloween.”

Whimsical Woods is offered on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway. When paid in advance, the cost is $5 per person, including adults, for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. Onsite on the day of the event, the cost will be $8 per person, if space is available. 

Register by calling (913) 831-3359 or online at www.jcprd.com by clicking on “Register for Activities," and then completing a course ID search for any of the codes listed below.

For the 1 p.m. session, search for 11900. Codes for the other sessions are as follows: 1:15 p.m., 11901 ; 1:30 p.m., 11904; 1:45 p.m., 11905; 2 p.m., 11906; 2:15 p.m., 11907; 2:30 p.m., 11908; 2:45 p.m., 11909; 3 p.m., 11910; and 3:15 p.m., 11911. For more information about this program call (913) 826-2800.

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

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