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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

Experience local talent at Senior Follies on Sept. 21 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
August 30, 2019

Experience an exciting Saturday afternoon of great entertainment for the whole family in late September, during the annual Senior Follies presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

For the first time, this variety show featuring a wide variety of local  talent, will be offered at two different times on Saturday, Sept. 21. One show will take place beginning at 11a.m., while the other will begin at 3 p.m. Both will take place in The Black Box Theatre located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Each show is expected to last about two hours.

About 10 acts will be presented, including singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. No additional acts are being sought at this time.

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 merged into a single Senior Follies, which was also successful. The event has taken place in a variety of venues including Shawnee Mission South High School, Johnson County Community College, and the Jewish Community Center before taking a hiatus from 2014 to 2018.

Tickets for this event are $3 per person for Johnson County residents or $4 per person for nonresidents, and can be obtained by calling (913) 826-2830. As configured for this event, The Black Box Theatre seats about 140 people and organizers anticipate both shows will fill. 

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

 

Kid's Garage Sale set for Sept. 21 at Mill Creek Activity Center
August 30, 2019

Kids and parents of kids are hereby notified of a Kid's Garage Sale planned in late September at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center.

This event is the perfect opportunity to get rid of extra stuff or to make room for new toys or clothes. Items for sale must be predominately children’s items. Once registered, participants may list their items for sale on MCAC’s Facebook Kid’s Garage Sale event page. This recently-announced event is not in the September through December My JCPRD activities catalog. 

This event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21,  at the  Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost is $10 for the first six-foot table and $8 for additional tables (up to three total).  For more information or to register, call  (913) 826-2950 or (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities," and complete a course ID search for  26118. 

 

 

Cub Scouts Bear Adventure event is Sept. 21 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
August 30, 2019

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns is a Cub Scout Bear program which lets scouts explore the outdoor world of mammals, birds, and plants and learn about creatures and how we affect our environment. This late September program at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center will let scouts meet all the requirements for this program in one two-hour session.

This will be the sixth year the nature center has presented a Cub Scout-related program in the fall. Participants will learn about extinct and endangered animals, see live animals, a working compost worm bin, and learn about composting.  Scouts will also get to smell and taste herbs, and plant an herb to take home. This program will be led by JCPRD park naturalists and park police officers. In the case of inclement weather, the program will move indoors.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, look first under special events and then under youth. Look for the keyword “scouts.”

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas Highway 7, Olathe. The cost for one two-hour event is $5 per person, including adults for Johnson County residents, or $6 per person for nonresidents if paid in advance, or $8 per person onsite on the day of the event if space is available. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online, visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and perform a course ID search for 23850.

The  My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

 

Experience A Walk in the Park on Sept. 20 in Meadowbrook Park
August 30, 2019

Expand your mind and horizons with a tour of Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s newest park during a new program being offered for adults in mid-September.

This program is called A Walk in the Park, and will take place at Meadowbrook Park, which opened in June at 9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village. Interested parties ages 18 and older and invited to join in exploring this 80-acre park with a guide, and learn about our local ecology and some of the many ways this space can help you to get all the benefits of getting outdoors.  This program is being presented in partnership with the Johnson County Library. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under enrichment and special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “special interest.”

A Walk in the Park will take place beginning  at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. This one-hour program is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required.  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 23994. 

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

First ever free Customer Appreciation Day is Sept. 20 at Mill Creek Activity Center
August 30, 2019

Come see what the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center is all about when the facility hosts its first-ever Customer Appreciation Day in late September. 

This free event will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept., 20, at the facility, which is located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. Participants can expect a tour of the facility, demonstrations of gymnastics and fitness programs, and a complimentary fitness workout. For more information, call (913) 826-2950.

The Mill Creek Activity Center, which first opened in March 2012, is the home of the JCPRD Gymnastics Center and the Kansas Kips competitive gymnastics team. The upper level offers strength and cardiovascular equipment, and indoor track, and wellness, fitness, and other programming and events for preschoolers to senior adults. The center also houses a discovery-based Natureplay Preschool.  

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

 

 

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