A day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks, and recreational spaces first introduced in 2010 is returning in early June.
On June 1, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District will present A Day In the Park by offering free admission to park beaches, free boat rentals of all rentable watercraft, including pedal boats, canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks at Shawnee Mission Park, and paddleboards, and kayaks at Kill Creek Park, and by waiving JCPRD fishing permits at Shawnee Mission, Kill Creek, and other parks where fishing is allowed.
The June 1 date ties into both the JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and district fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day. It should be noted that JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout.
Marina hours on June 1 are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park and Noon to 6 p.m. at Kill Creek Park, where the marina operates out of the beach. Because of the volume of visitors on this day, free rentals are limited to 30 minutes per boat. The last rental for both locations is one hour before close. Beach hours are noon to 6 p.m. at both parks.
A JCPRD booth adjacent to the marina parking lot at Shelter #3 will be the source of information about activities at Shawnee Mission Park throughout the day, and will also be selling low-cost concessions. The Johnson County Sailing Society will be giving free sailboat rides and demonstrations from noon to 1 p.m. on Shawnee Mission Park Lake.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.