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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

Family Fun Time event at TimberRidge Adventure Center set for July 15
June 20, 2018

Bring the family, get outdoors, and have an adventure at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center during a special event being offered in mid-July.

This program is called Family Fun Time, and is for ages eight and older. Archery, BB guns, boating, and fishing are activities participants will rotate through at their own pace during this three-hour event. Adventurers may come and go or stay for entire event. No pets are allowed for this event. Participants must preregister for this event in advance, as no drop-ins will be allowed. For more information, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.

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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”

Family Fun Time will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. The cost is $15 per person for Johnson County residents, or $17 per person for nonresidents. 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. 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.

First Overnight Fishing opportunity of 2018 at Lexington Lake Park is July 7
June 20, 2018

The first of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Lexington Lake Park during 2018 will take place on July 7. Other July overnight fishing opportunities are planned for July 14 at Heritage Park and July 21 at Shawnee Mission Park.
 
After 11 p.m. on these dates, each 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.

This year’s other Overnight Fishing Saturdays this year will include Aug. 11 at Kill Creek Park, Aug. 18 at Shawnee Mission Park, and Sept. 15 at Lexington Lake Park.

Lexington Lake Park is located at 8850 Sunflower Road, north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

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

Experience local talent at Senior Follies on July 14 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
June 20, 2018

The whole family is invited to a fun-filled afternoon when the popular Senior Follies event is presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on a Saturday in mid-July.

This variety show featuring the talents of local folks over 50 promises an exciting Saturday afternoon. About 20 acts are expected for this year's show, including singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. No additional acts are being sought at this time. The Senior Follies will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the event is expected to last about two hours.

Spectator tickets are $2 per person for Johnson County residents or $3 for nonresidents. To order tickets, call (913) 826-2830.

JCPRD hosted the first follies event in 2007 as the Men’s Follies. In fall 2010, a Women’s Follies event was introduced and was also well received. The following year the events were melded into a single Senor Follies, which was also successful. The event took a  hiatus from 2014 to 2017, when it was revived at The Black Box Theatre at JCAHC.

As configured for this event, The Black Box Theatre will seat about 247 people and organizers expect the venue may fill. The theater is The Theatre in the Park’s year-round venue to supplement its summer productions in Shawnee Mission Park. 

Next Listen Local Live free concert is July 13 with Duncan Burnett
June 20, 2018

The next in a series of three free concerts being offered by the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) will take place in mid-July.

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 second of three Listen Local Live  performance will feature Duncan Burnett on Friday, July 13. The final concert in the series will be Classical Revolution / Rewound on 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. 

New Game Show Showdown event for 50 Plus planned for July 12 in Roeland Park
June 20, 2018

If you've  ever dreamed of hearing your name  in the announcement, “you’re the next contestant, come on down,” a new mid-July special event  being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District could be for you.

 

This special event is called Game Show Showdown, and will take place on July 12 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Join in on this silly rendition of television game shows. Everyone gets a chance to play. Refreshments will be served. Please register in advance, as space is limited. 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 keywords “social event.”

 

The fun begins at 1 p.m. The cost for this two and one-half hour program  is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 6909.

 

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.

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