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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

New Park Perfect Lawns program for adults is Sept. 18 at Meadowbrook Park
August 30, 2019

Learn the basics of good lawn care and maintenance during a new program being offered in mid-September by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse.

This one-hour program  is called Park Perfect Lawns, and will be instructed by Meadowbrook Park Worker Kristina Keehn. Aimed at the weekend “do it yourselfer,” this program  will give participants an understanding of and more confidence in lawn care basics, and the best time of the year to focus on different aspects. Topics to be covered will include the different types of grasses and how that impacts everything else, proper mowing heights, fertilizing basics, the impact of compaction, seeding, watering, and a seasonal timeline. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

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 keyword “gardening.”

Park Perfect Lawns will take place beginning  at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18,  at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave, Prairie Village. The cost for this one-hour session is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $16 per person for nonresidents. 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 23563. 

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

Magical Monarch Migration event for 50 Plus is Sept. 19 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
August 30, 2019

Be a part of one of the world’s greatest migrations during a special event for 50 Plus set for mid-September at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center.

Now in its fourth year, this weekday event, called Magical Monarch Migration, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the nature center, located at 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will enjoy a light breakfast with coffee and juice, learn about the incredible journey of these butterflies, watch a butterfly tagging demonstration, see the wildflowers they depend on to survive, and receive three tags to tag butterflies in the park or in their own yard, and bring home milkweed seeds to plant and grow. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy the trails after the event.

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 keywords “social event.”

This event will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The cost for this one-and-one-half-hour event is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 per person for nonresidents. To register, call (913) 831-3359, or register online by going to www.jcprd.com, and clicking on “Register for Activities”and completing a course ID search for 23071.

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.

Magical Monarch Migration for 50 Plus is in addition to and separate from the annual Monarch Migration Workshop programs  for ages eight and older, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information about that event, which also requires advance registration, search for barcode 23806. 

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

Visit Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve with 50 Plus Adventure Walk on Sept. 18
August 30, 2019

Visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Emporia, Kan., during a walking trip being offered in mid-September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

Titled simply Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, this program will take participants to this reserve, where they can spend time in one of the rarest ecosystems hiking the hills, and hopefully get a glimpse of native bison. This walk is expected to require a moderate level of exertion. Lunch will be at Radius Brewing Company in Emporia, with costs on your own. 

To find this program in the My JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walks.”

This program will depart at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this nine-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $28 per person for Johnson County residents or $31 for nonresidents. Lunch costs are on your own. 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 22850. 

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.

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

 

 

Mill Creek Streamway Park access point to close for five weeks beginning Aug. 26
August 21, 2019

Officials with the city of Lenexa have announced that the Mill Creek Streamway Park access point near Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road will close Monday, Aug. 26, for about five weeks to accommodate nearby construction of Ridgeview Road. This project is dependent upon favorable weather.

Access to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Streamway Park and its Gary Haller Trail will be available at the 87th Lane access point west of Woodland Road or Craig Crossing Park just south of Woodland Road and 91st Street.

For questions, contact Lenexa Project Manager Ben Clark at (913) 477-7500.

 

Homecoming is theme for next special event bingo program for 50 Plus on Sept. 17
August 21, 2019

Make new friends and enjoy a full meal, prizes, fun, and 12 games of bingo during a special event bingo presentation planned in mid-September by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This program is called Special Event Bingo - Homecoming Bingo, which gives participants a chance to show their school spirit and enjoy homecoming traditions and a delicious lunch. 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 printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”

Special Event Bingo - Homecoming Bingo will take place beginning  at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17,  at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village . The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event, including dinner,  is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $16 for nonresidents before Sept. 10. After that date, the cost increases to $18 per person for Johnson County residents or $19 for nonresidents. The cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. There is no additional charge for bingo.

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 23065.

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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