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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

Annual Free Fishing Weekend in JCPRD parks is June 1 & 2
May 9, 2019

The  Johnson County Park and Recreation District has established the weekend of Saturday, June 1,  and Sunday, June 2, as the 2019 Annual Free Fishing Weekend in district parks. This coincides with the state of Kansas’ “Free Fishing Days” in state parks.  The Saturday portion of the event also coincides with the JCPRD’s A Day in the Park event at Shawnee Mission, and Kill Creek parks, as well as the first Overnight Fishing Opportunity of the year at Heritage Park.

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 keyword “fishing.”

Fishing, boating, and archery permits will be waived on these days in the district parks where these activities are normally allowed as follows:

 Park and Permits Waived

  • Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam - Fishing
  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe - Fishing & Boating
  • Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe - Fishing & Boating
  • Lexington Lake Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission - Fishing, Boating & Archery 
  • Streamway Parks, various Access Points - Fishing & Boating
  • Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park - Fishing

Fishing licenses have also been waived by the state of Kansas for this weekend, allowing fishing without a state license as well. However, JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout in Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks. Regular park hours for most parks for these days are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Exceptions are Antioch Park, which closes at 10 p.m., and the Streamway and Stoll parks, which are open from dawn to dusk. This event is the only time each year license and permit requirements are waived for all parks with fishing lakes. For more information, call (913) 888-4713.

Pre-competitive and competitive Stingrays Swim Teams for youth begin May 28
May 1, 2019

Both pre-competitive and competitive summer swim teams for ages six to 19 are being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District beginning in late May.

The teams include Pre-Competitive Stingrays for ages six to eight, and Competitive Stingrays for ages seven to 11, and 12 to 19. Programs for all age groups begin May 28 at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr.,  Roeland Park. None of the programs will have practice on July 4. Parent meetings for all three age groups will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the RPCC.  SwimQuik will also be attending the parent meetings where team suits will be available for purchase.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under aquatics. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “swim team.” For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the program titles listed below. 

The Pre-Competitive Stingrays program provides a transition from swim lessons to a swim team. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle and 25 yards of backstroke on the first day.  Professional swim coaches will help swimmers refine these strokes and learn breaststroke and butterfly.  Introduction to competition is offered through low-key swim meets specifically designed for this level within the Johnson County Swim and Dive League.  Registration for this program includes all league fees and a Stingrays team swim cap and T-shirt. 

This program meets at 11:15 a.m. for 40-minute practices Monday through Friday beginning May 28 for five weeks. The cost is $67 per person for Johnson County residents or $74 for nonresidents. 

The Competitive Stingrays are a recreational summer swim team based at RPAC.  It is recommended that participants be familiar with all four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.  Swimmers will compete by age group in Thursday night meets within the Johnson County Swim and Dive League. Registration includes all league fees and a Stingrays team swim cap and T-shirt. 

For ages seven to 11, the program meets at 10 a.m. for 70-minute practices Monday through Friday beginning May 28 for seven weeks. The cost is $85 per person for Johnson County residents or $94 for nonresidents. For ages 12 to 19, the program meets at 8:30 a.m. for 90-minute practices Monday through Friday, also beginning May 28 for seven weeks. The cost is $80 per person for Johnson County residents or $88 for nonresidents. 

For more information about the Stingrays programs, call (913) 826-3120.

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. 

JCPRD marinas and beaches open for summer on May 25
May 1, 2019

After being open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout May, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will open daily for the summer season beginning May 25. Other aquatics facilities operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, including the Shawnee Mission Park Beach, the Kill Creek Park Marina, the Kill Creek Park Beach, and the Roeland Park Aquatic  Center, will also open for their summer seasons on May 25. Not all of these facilities operate daily throughout the summer, but  all will end their regular summer seasons on Aug. 11.  

Weekend hours at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. After May 25, the marina will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. During both weekend and daily hours, the marina's last rentals each day will be at 6 p.m.

Note that a temporary repair to address rotten roof beams discovered last year at the SMP Marina has been made to allow the facility to operate out of its usual location this spring and summer, and a full roof replacement to bring the marina back to its original design is scheduled this fall. 

After May 25, the Kill Creek Park Marina, which operates out of the beach, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, also through Aug. 11. The KCP marina is closed on Monday through Wednesday. 

Both marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Fishing permits are also available at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina. The Shawnee Mission Park Marina accepts credit cards, but not checks. The Kill Creek Park Marina accepts cash only. Rental rates are listed at https://www.jcprd.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Shawnee-Mission-Park-M....

Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park beaches also open for their summer season on May 25, and the SMP beach is offering two weekly opportunities for open water swim training. Regular beach hours at Shawnee Mission Park are noon to 6 p.m. on every day of week except Tuesday and Thursday, when the hours are noon to 5 p.m. Open water swim training at SMP is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. At Kill Creek Park, beach hours are noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The KCP beach is closed on Monday through Wednesday, and no open water swim training is offered at that site this year.   

For both beaches, regular daily beach admission rates for children 12 and under is $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults 13 to 59 is $6 for Johnson County residents or $6.50 for nonresidents and ages 60 and older are $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. Kill Creek Park Beach accepts cash only. Season passes are also available. For open water swim training, the cost is $7 per person for Johnson County residents or $7.50 for nonresidents.  

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

For more information about JCPRD aquatics facilities, which are also available for rental, call (913) 831-3359. During operating hours after May 25, call (913) 888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, or (913) 585-3652 for the Kill Creek Park Beach or Marina.

New Horizons offers band rehearsals beginning May 28
May 1, 2019

Calling all music lovers! Dig out your old instrument or rent a new one and join a group of fun-loving musicians age 50 and beyond in the New Horizons Band. The group will begin band rehearsals starting May 28 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.

A program of the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in conjunction with the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance and Meyer Music, the New Horizons Band offers an opportunity to make music in a relaxed, learning atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played in years! The band is currently open to anyone with an instrument and some musical background. The band includes brass, woodwind, and percussion, and offers an opportunity to play in small groups and band practice. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under fine and performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “performing group music.” 

Rehearsals for the New Horizons Band take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday beginning May 28. The cost for six two-hour sessions is $35 per person for Johnson County residents or $39 per person for nonresidents. 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) 826-3030 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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