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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

June 1 Grand Opening event set for Meadowbrook Park
May 9, 2019

A June 1 grand opening has been set for the much-anticipated Meadowbrook Park and Clubhouse, located at  9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will involve a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., and comments from public officials, tours of the property and clubhouse, art activities, yoga and personal trainer demonstrations, snacks, giveaways, music, information about and opportunities to sign up for JCPRD programs, and more. Watch for additional details.

Once the clubhouse parking lot clubhouse fills, overflow parking will be at Christ Church Anglican at 5500 W. 91st St., and at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall Ave., both of which are across Nall Ave. to the west and are within easy walking distance.

Meadowbook Park consists of about 80 acres, located primarily on the northern portion of the site of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. The park will include: a destination playground called the Treeline Adventure; a large shelter called the Grand Pavilion, which will accommodate approximately 160 people; three additional picnic shelters; eight pickleball courts; a separate play and picnic area called The Groves, located in a grove of Oak trees; Meadowbrook Hill, which utilizes surplus soil from enlarging the park’s lakes to create a high area which will be perfect for snow sledding and other exercise pursuits throughout the year; three miles of paved trails; and an area containing low-impact outdoor fitness equipment. 

A major entryway to the new park will be past the 10,000 square-foot Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located near the park’s northwest corner near 91st Street. The building includes an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room, and a Natureplay Preschool with an outdoor playground. Other building features include a small lobby, administration area, catering kitchen, and a deck overlooking the park area. 

In addition to providing green space in the densely-populated northeastern section of the county, the new park will also present many new programming opportunities. The current May through August issue of the My JCPRD Activities catalog includes 55 programs at Meadowbrook between June 3 and Aug. 31, including 26 programs and five special events in June.  

First Overnight Fishing opportunity of 2019 at Heritage Park is June 1
May 9, 2019

The first of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Heritage Park Lake during 2019 will take place on June 1. Other June overnight Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing opportunities are planned for June 8 at Kill Creek Park and June 22 at Shawnee Mission Park. 

 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 catalogand 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 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 July 13 at Heritage Park, July 20 and Aug. 17 at Shawnee Mission Park, Aug. 10 at Kill Creek Park, and July 6 and Sept. 14 at Lexington Lake Park. 

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe,  Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and 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.

First JCPRD youth and preschool swim lessons of summer begin June 3, 8 & 17 at two locations
May 9, 2019

Preschoolers and youth can spend part of this summer learning to swim or improving the swimming skills they already have through swim lessons being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4850 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 all 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 June 3, 8, and 17. 

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. 

50 Plus participants can "Learn to Play" games through new programs on June 4 & 17
May 9, 2019

Hand and Foot and Mexican Train Dominoes are the next two games players can learn through the next two programs in a series being offered for the first time by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This program is called Learn to Play. It is basically a beginner’s guide to what’s sure to be participants' new favorite games.  

June sessions will include Hand and Foot on Tuesday, June 4, and Mexican Train Dominoes on Monday, June 17, which both begin at 10 a.m. at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. 

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.” 

Each Learn to Play session will last two hours. The cost is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the course titles 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) 826-3030 for space availability.

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

Temporary museum exhibit examines “The Wizard of Oz” beginning June 1
May 9, 2019

Tracing the growth of the “The Wizard of Oz” phenomenon, exploring its global appeal, and illustrating its influence on popular culture are aims of a new temporary exhibit opening June 1 at the Johnson County Museum.

Expanding Oz is the name of this new exhibit, which ties into the 80th anniversary of the beloved 1939 MGM movie, the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s death, and the Theatre in the Park’s production of the play as part of its 50th summer season. Hundreds of objects and images, most from the vaults of a local private collector, will be featured. Officials anticipate about 30,000 people will visit this family-friendly exhibit during its five-month run that ends Nov. 2. 

“What started with one juvenile book has become a major book series, several major motion pictures, stage productions and Broadway Musicals, cartoon, and television series,” said Museum Director Mindi Love. “It is worldwide, it is multi-lingual, it is multi-media, and it is not just of interest to children.”

Several programs which tie into the temporary exhibit are being planned, including a Wizard of Oz Tea Party and Fashion Show on July 19 and 20.

Exhibit admission is included with regular museum admission rates of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. The museum, which is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is not open on Sunday.

For more information about the museum or the Expanding Oz exhibit, go to jcprd.com/762/About-The-Museum.