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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

July 6 grand opening planned for Shawnee Mission Park inclusive playground
June 17, 2019

A date has been set for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new inclusive playground in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

The ribbon cutting event will get underway at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, and will run until 1 p.m. The free event will include comments from JCPRD and other local officials, giveaways, and a hot dog lunch. 

Sometimes also called universal playgrounds, inclusive playgrounds are meant to enable all children to play together without physical or social barriers. 

The new playground will feature: climbing elements; an area with musical instruments; swings; a shade structure with a mister element, a double-wide slide, and a rolling slide table that participants can pull themselves along. This playground also features a Sway Fun Glider which can accommodate a wheelchair. The project also includes a restroom building with four extra-large stalls meant to provide extra space for someone to be able to assist youth with special needs. 

The inclusive playground project at Shawnee Mission Park (and another at Stilwell Community Park which opened in late September 2018) were added to the 2018 capital improvements budget after the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners expressed interest in adding inclusive playgrounds into the JCPRD park system 

Planning and Development Manager Cliff Middleton said making sure these playgrounds are fun for all participants was a major goal for these projects. 

“Hopefully, lots of families will come there, whether they have special needs children or not; they’re just going to come because they’re really fun playgrounds,” Middleton said. “Of course, having something that accommodates kids with special needs will be popular, too. There are some common elements between the two (JCPRD inclusive playgrounds), but we did try to make them different enough that you might want to take your family to one on one weekend, and you might want to go to the other the next weekend.”


See the Theatre in the Park's production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with 50 Plus Day Trip
June 6, 2019

Enjoy the Theatre in the Park's production of  "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" during a June 26 day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Day Trip promises a  fabulous night under the stars  in the comfort of reserved seats  in Shawnee Mission Park during the Theatre in the Park's 50th outdoor season of summer musicals. Audience members will take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (of Mary Poppins fame), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”  This show is rated PG and is sure to enchant all ages.

To find this trip in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.” 

This trip will leave at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 11 p.m. The cost is $49 per person and includes transportation, theater ticket, and dinner at a local restaurant. 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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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


Sailing I class offered for adults beginning June 25
June 3, 2019

Learn the basic skills of sailing through a class being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District beginning in late June.

Sailing I is for ages 18 and older. Participants will learn about types of boats, launching techniques, docking, maintenance, and safety. Basic swimming skills are required. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “boating.” 

Sailing I consists of two indoor lecture sessions and four water sessions. The indoor sessions will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25,  and Thursday, June 27, at  the JCPRD Administration Building near the entrance to Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. The water sessions will take place at 9 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays beginning June 29 at the Shawnee Mission Park Boat Ramp. The cost for a total of six two-hour sessions is $76 per person for Johnson County residents or $83 per person for nonresidents. If you wish to use your own boat, please call Officer Seth Salmans at (913)  826-3491.

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

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

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs offered on June 7, 14, 21, & 28
May 15, 2019

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during June and July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all, and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “nature programs.”

June presentations are:

June 7: Stories Under the Stars - Enjoy old-fashioned family fun with stories that will delight the young and the young at heart. Join our park staff as we share stories of animal encounters, mysterious legends, and tales to tickle your funny bone. All ages are welcome to experience in the wonder and magic of storytelling.

June 14: Killer Beaks and Feet - See live raptors and discover their adaptations that make them such excellent hunters.  

June 21: Down by the Pond - Enjoy an evening celebrating the unique inhabitants and ecosystem of ponds and meet a live toad.

June 28: Snakes Alive - See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world. 

Other amphitheater programs planned this summer include: Wildlife Who's Who on July 12, Predators on the Prowl on July 19, and Kansas Symbols on July 26. For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.

Roeland Park Aquatic Center reopens May 25, for summer season of open swims and lessons
May 1, 2019

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will open on Saturday, May 25, for its summer season and will operate daily through Aug. 11. RPAC hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Exceptions to these hours are anticipated on June 13 and 27, when the RPAC will close at 3 p.m., and on July 4 and Aug. 11, when the facility will close at 4 p.m.

Open swim admission rates for ages three through 59 are $6 for Roeland Park residents, and $8 for nonresidents. For ages 60 and older, the rates are $5.50 for Roeland Park residents, and $7.50 for nonresidents. Admission for ages two and under is free, regardless of residency. 

Also available are seasonal membership passes to RPAC, and a “Super Pass,” which lets residents of Roeland Park, Fairway, Leawood, Merriam, Mission, or Prairie Village who purchase a resident pass to their respective city’s pool also purchase the Super Pass, which permits entry to pools in the other five cities. 

In addition to the main pool, other RPAC facilities which will operate during the summer months include: a new 16-foot aquatic climbing wall which participants can climb and then drop from into the pool, as well as a 1-meter diving board, a 120-foot water slide, an eight-foot wide group slide, a separate youth pool, “lemon drop” sprayers, and a vortex pool with a volcano water feature.

Preschool and youth swim lessons offered by JCPRD get under way in early June at both JCPRD and at the  Prairie Village Pool. Lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. 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 June 3, 8, and 17.  Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is located at 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and the Prairie Village Pool is located at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.