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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

Overnight Fishing at Kill Creek Park is Aug. 11
July 18, 2018

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays  planned at Kill Creek Park during 2018 will take place on Aug. 11, while the last of four overnight opportunities at Shawnee Mission Park will take place on Aug. 18.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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 “fishing.”

Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset. Before fishing  in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  Visitors Services in the JCPRD Administration Offices in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

The final Overnight Fishing Saturday of 2018 will take place on Sept. 15 at Lexington Lake Park.

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; and  Lexington Lake Park is located at 8850 Sunflower Road, north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

 

Come watch Perseid Meteors during astronomy program at TimberRidge Adventure Center on Aug. 12
July 18, 2018

The opportunity to see some of nature's fireworks streak through the sky is part of a special event planned in mid-August at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s TimberRidge Adventure Center.

The event is called A Trail of Stardust - the Perseid Meteor Shower, and offers a tour of August skies. This program is for all ages, but is recommended for ages five and older with a parent or guardian. There will be a short indoor presentation about the meteor shower and fall constellations, followed by  guided night sky tour. There will also be a short walk in the dark to reach our viewing location.

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

A Trail of Stardust will take place from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, Aug. 12, beginning at the Welcome Center of the TimberRidge Adventure Center, 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. The cost is $9 per person for Johnson County residents, or $10 for nonresidents. Because space is limited, preregistration is required for this program. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, and star maps, although they are not necessary. Lawn chairs and blankets to sit on are also encouraged.  In the case of rain or clouds, there will be a related indoor program.

For more information or to register by phone, 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. 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.
 

Next Listen Local Live free concert is Aug. 10 with Rewound
July 18, 2018

The last in a series of three free concerts being offered by the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) will take place in early August.

Listen Local Live is the name of this program, which is meant to let participants experience live performances and take part in a conversation about the inspirations behind local musicians. These performances are for all ages, and are a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Fine & Performing Arts Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The third of three Listen Local Live  performances this summer will feature Rewound on Friday, Aug. 10.

JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Each performance will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by an interview with the artists. Admission is free, and concessions will be available.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under adult. In the printed catalog,  look for the keyword “concert.”

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

Last summer JCPRD youth and preschool swim lessons begin July 23
July 5, 2018

The last opportunity of the summer for preschoolers and youth to learn to swim or improve their existing swimming skills is being offered in late July by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and at the Prairie Village Pool at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.
 
These lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. This convenient class format also takes the guesswork out of trying to determine what level you or your child should be in. These progressive lessons involve an assessment at the beginning of each daily class and let individuals move through the program at their own pace, learning new skills during the same session.

Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.
 
Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two and one-half years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot Class for ages two and one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. All of these programs have classes beginning July 23.  Private swim lessons for adults at all skill levels are also available by appointment.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online at jcprd.com, browse first under preschool or youth and then under aquatics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “swim lesson.” For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.
 
Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.
 

New Canvas Painting with a Brush and Beans program for 50 Plus is July 23
July 5, 2018

A fun class of step-by-step canvas painting techniques designed for beginners is being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District in late July.
 
Canvas Painting with a Brush & Beans is the name of this single-session program. Brushes and art supplies included, coffee beans brewed to enhance friendly conversation! Take home your work of art and feel proud of your new-found talent.  To find this program in the My JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under fine & performing arts. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “art.”
 
This program takes place beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for one two-hour program is $35 per person for Johnson County residents or $38 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.
 
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.

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