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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

JCPRD Summer Camp Guide available online Jan. 22 and registration begins Jan. 27
January 22, 2020

Summer may seem a long way off, but it will be here before you know it and now is the time to start planning for summer camp!

Before the end of the day on Thursday, Jan. 22, you’ll be able to find a digital version of our 2020 Summer Camp Guide and everything you need to know to plan a perfect summer at www.jcprd.com. Printed copies of the guide will also be available the week of Jan. 27 at all JCPRD facilities and Johnson County libraries. 

Registrations for camps will begin on Monday, Jan. 27. Online registration begins at 6 a.m., and in-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the JCPRD registration office located in Building D in Antioch Park at 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam. 

Camp registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Many camps fill quickly, so don’t delay or you may find your first choices unavailable. 

In all, more than 80 camp programs are referenced in this year’s guide, including camps for ages three through 18. Camps range from full-day programs to partial-day programs serving a variety of interests. Most full-day camps offer weekly sessions with start dates from June 7 through July 27, while other camps begin throughout the summer. This year’s camps take place at locations throughout Johnson County. For the convenience of working parents, most full-day programs provide supervision and self-directed activities from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

JCPRD camps offer parents the comfort of knowing their kids are in a safe, well-supervised, and fun-filled environment. There’s also an emphasis on encouraging healthy, active lifestyles. All district camp programs fully comply with Kansas Department of Health & Environment requirements. Camp directors possess extensive experience with children and in their specialized areas of expertise. 

For kids, JCPRD camps offer an opportunity to learn about topics they’re interested in without tests or boring lectures. Areas of emphasis include: recreation, arts and crafts, nature and environment, computers, sports, leadership development, science, field trips, theater, and dance. New camp offerings this year include: theater camps Under the Sea!, Play in a Day, and TIP Summer Tech Academy; computer camps eSports,  and Game Design Biz; Meadowbrook Natureplay Preschool Camp, Outdoor Basics, Photo Adventure Camp, and 68’s Indoor Sports camps in baseball and football. 

Several additional summer sports camps will be listed in our May through August My JCPRD Activities Catalog, due out the week of March 23. 

For specific information on JCPRD summer camps, including schedules, costs, and locations, please consult the district’s website at www.jcprd.com or the JCPRD Summer Camp Guide. Keep in mind that camp fees are nonrefundable and most camps do not accept registrations by phone. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.

JCPRD’s Mill Creek and Roeland Park fitness facilities now part of the Silver Sneakers® network
January 22, 2020

Two Johnson County Park and Recreation District fitness facilities have recently come on board as locations for the Silver Sneakers® wellness program for adults age 65 and older. The Silver Sneakers® benefit is included with many Medicare Plans. 

The participating JCPRD facilities are the Fitness Center on the upper floor of the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, and the Fitness Room at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

“Silver Sneakers® is a well-known and well respected program,” said 50 Plus Recreation Specialist Libby Scarborough. “Over the years many individuals have participated in our other programs and have asked if our locations offer this wellness benefit. We are excited to now be able to say yes we do! Silver Sneakers® is allowing us to expand the impact we have within our communities and connect individuals with additional health and wellness options.”

Beginning in January, Mill Creek Activity Center will be offering Silver Sneakers® Classic, yoga and circuit classes, which are also free to those with the Silver Sneakers® benefit.

In addition to Silver Sneakers®, both participating JCPRD sites are also accepting Prime Fitness and Fitness Your Way members. Prime fitness is most commonly made available through an employer health plan and Fitness Your Way is available to members and their dependents over age 18 who have healthcare coverage with a participating Blue365 plan.

Individuals who are interested in utilizing the fitness facilities at the Mill Creek Activity Center or the Roeland Park Community Center through Silver Sneakers® can check their eligibility by visiting silversneakers.com or by calling (913) 826-2950 for Mill Creek or (913) 826-3160 for Roeland Park. Checking eligibility online is easy! You’ll be asked for your name (as it appears on your insurance card), date of birth, zip code, and contact information.

 

50 Plus Bingo sessions planned on Feb. 5 & 26
January 22, 2020

"Candyland®" and "Carnival" are themes for bingo games being presented in February 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. For Johnson County residents, the cost for each two-hour program  is $5 per person in advance, or $6 on the day of the event. For nonresidents, the cost is $6 in advance, or $7 on the day of the event. Cost of admission covers food (or snacks) and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. 

Upcoming 50 Plus Bingo programs being planned include: "Candyland®" (course ID 28005) on  Feb. 5 at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell, Overland Park; "Carnival" (course ID 28010) on Feb. 26 at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village; "March Madness" (course ID 28008) on March 4  at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway near Gardner; "Dr. Seuss®" (course ID 28011) on March 18 at the MBPC; "Van Gogh"  (course ID 28013) on March 26 at RPCC; and  "April Fools" (course ID 28007) on April 1 at MRCC.

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. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for any of the codes listed 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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

“Birds” is subject of next museum Retro Storytime program on Feb. 12 at JCAHC
January 22, 2020

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly through April at the Johnson County Museum.

This program is called Retro Storytime and is for ages three to five with an adult. After each session’s story presentation, enjoy a craft activity for little hands. Stories change monthly. An adult must attend program with child. These programs take place beginning at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday early each month at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

The cost for each 45-minute program is $2 per child, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration for these programs does not include admission to the Johnson County Museum or to KidScape. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under heritage & history. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.” 

The next program is called “Birds,” and will take place on Feb. 12. “Birds” is a beautifully illustrated book from 1981.  Participants in this program will learn about birds, their nests, habitats, Kansas’ state bird, the Meadowlark, and create a bird feeder to take home.

For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 26447.

Other upcoming Retro Storytime programs this season will include: "The Fire Engine Book" on March 11 (course ID 26448 ), and “Baby Farm Animals" on April 8 (course ID 26449).

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Valentine-themed potluck and dance for 50 Plus is Feb. 14
January 24, 2020

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 during a program being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This Sweethearts Tea Dance invites attendees to grab their valentine and dance the afternoon away with local group, the Playboys. Participants should bring their favorite sweet treat or potluck dish to share. Refreshments will be provided. 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 keyword “dance.”

This event will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for this two-hour dance is $5 per person, and you can pay at the door. Both couples and individuals are welcome. 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 search for course ID 28152.  

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.

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

 

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