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While people in Johnson County work hard, they like their downtime as well, and we offer many wonderful places for individuals and families to learn, play, relax, be active, and enjoy the outdoors. Johnson County’s dozens of parks, recreation facilities, lakes, and public gardens offer something for everyone. Checkout one of Johnson County’s 13 libraries, spend an afternoon at the Johnson County Museum, or when the weather is warm enjoy a movie or Broadway show at Theatre in The Park. Our recreational amenities play a huge role in Johnson County being a community of choice.

Recreation News

Mill Creek Streamway Park access point to close for five weeks beginning Aug. 26

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

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. 

Overnight fishing opportunity at Lexington Lake Park set for Sept. 14

The final Overnight Fishing Saturday being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in 2019  will take place in mid-September at Lexington Lake Park.

The Sept. 14 Overnight Fishing Saturday is the last of ten overnight dates presented at four parks since mid-May. 

Lexington Lake Park opened to the public in July 2017. Front and center of the 465-acre park is the 27-acre lake, originally constructed in the 1950s as a private fishing lake. The lake is considered a high-quality fishery with crappie, and large-mouth bass. 

After 11 p.m., Lexington Lake Park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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.

To find this overnight fishing event in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under  fun for all. and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”

Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 and older will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, at the Visitors Services counter in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.

Lexington Lake Park is located at 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto. To get to the park, take Kansas Highway 10 west from Interstate 435 towards Lawrence. Exit at Lexington Avenue in De Soto and turn right going south under K-10 to 95th  Street. Turn right (west) onto 95th and go approximately one mile to the Sunflower Road intersection. Turn right (north) onto Sunflower Road and go approximately one-half mile, passing back under K-10 to the park entrance on your left. 

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.

 

 

Monarch Migration Workshop is Sept. 14 in Ernie Miller Park

Celebrating the monarch butterfly's amazing annual migration is the aim of a workshop set for Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.

Monarch Migration Workshop (formerly Flight of the Monarch)  is the name of the event, which is for children ages eight and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants  will learn about monarchs and other amazing native butterflies, and join in capturing, tagging, and releasing some monarchs to continue their migration to Mexico. Wear long pants to protect your legs and closed-toed shoes to protect your feet. Due to a limited number of insect nets, you are welcome to bring your own, and you will get tags to take home.

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 keywords “nature & outdoors.”

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for the two-hour event is $6 per person, including adults, for Johnson County residents, or $7 per person for nonresidents if paid in advance. Onsite on the day of the event, if space is available, the cost is $9 per person. To take advantage of the advance registration prices, please register by Sept. 11. To register online, visit the district's website at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and perform a course ID search for 23806.

Drawn by late-blooming flowers in a prairie remnant which was restored in the park a number of years ago, hundreds of butterflies each year make stops from their southern migration at Ernie Miller Park during early September. Typically, about 80 percent of these visitors have been monarchs, but there have been other species as well, including painted ladies and sulfur butterflies. The butterflies are being drawn by the tall purple blooms of the gayfeather plant, as well as by other prairie plants including goldenrod and sunflowers. Many of these plants have come up naturally following prairie restoration projects completed in late 2002 in conjunction with Kansas City Wildlands. Those projects removed a number of large eastern red cedar trees which previously choked out the sun-loving prairie plants. 

A related but separate program called Magical Monarch Migration is offered on Thursday, Sept. 19 for 50 Plus. That program will also give participants an opportunity to learn about, capture, and tag butterflies. For more information, search for course ID 23071. 

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

 

Parent & Child Twilight Hike offered on Sept. 13 and 27 in Ernie Miller Park

An intergenerational program being offered in mid- and late-September in Ernie Miller Park allows children ages three to six with a parent or guardian to explore park trails as the sun sets.

The program is called Twilight Hike and is offered at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, and again at the same time on Friday, Sept. 27. Both programs take place at the park, which is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe. Participants will listen for nocturnal sounds such as the cricket's chorus and the barred owl's call, and then gather around a cheery fire ring for stories, songs, and a tasty treat. Participants should bring a flashlight. An adult must register with each child.

To find this program in the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “adventure walk.”

The cost for one 90-minute session is $7 per person, including adults,  for Johnson County residents or $8 per person for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. 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 23836 for the Sept. 13 session, or 23837 for the Sept. 27 session.

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

 

New Board Game Bonanza special event for all ages is Sept. 13 at Meadowbrook Park

Join the family fun to compete as a team  during a new special event at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This program is called Board Game Bonanza.  Play some of your favorite board games provided by the Kansas State University Extension Office. Enjoy tricky trivia, and enter to win great door prizes and more! To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all  and then under special events. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “games.”

Board Game Bonanza will take place beginning  at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13,  at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for this two-and-one-half-hour event is $9 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. Two different family rates are also offered for this event: for up to four people, the cost is $29 for Johnson County residents or $32 for nonresidents, while for up to seven people, the cost is $38 for Johnson County residents or $42 for nonresidents. Please register for this program by Sept. 6.

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 23298.  

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

Next Kids' Day Out program at Johnson County Museum set for Sept. 13

Youth ages five to 10 are invited to come have fun at the Johnson County Museum during one day in mid-September when school is not in session. 

During Kids' Day Out programs, participants can choose from a variety of activities each day, including exploring history though crafts and projects, visiting the museum's  KidScape area and the history exhibits, playing games, and enjoying down time. The museum provides one snack, but be sure to bring a lunch and a water bottle, and dress for the weather -we will go outside if we can. Pre-registration  is required. 

Each  Kids' Day Out program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and parents can drop off and pick up their children at any time within that timeframe. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under heritage & history. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “museum.”

Kids’ Day Out takes place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one ten-hour session is $35 per participant. For more information, call (913) 715-2570. 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  21922.

A total of 13 additional Kids' Day Out sessions are planned over the next four months and into early January.  Each session has the same time, duration, and cost as listed above. These upcoming sessions are set for: Oct. 11 (course ID 21923), Oct. 25 (25147), Nov. 25 (21924), Nov. 26 (21925), Nov. 27 (21926), Dec. 23 (21930), Dec. 24 (21932), Dec. 26 (21933), Dec. 27 (21934), Dec. 30 (21935), Dec. 31 (21936), Jan. 2 (21938), and Jan. 3 (21939). 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

 

 

“The Jolly Barnyard” is next Retro Storytime program on Sept. 11 at the Johnson County Museum

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 from September through December 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 through December 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 first program in the new season is called “The Jolly Barnyard,” and will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. In this classic Little Golden Book from 1950, it’s Farmer Brown’s birthday, and the animals are deciding what they’ll do for him on his special day.

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 22219.

Other upcoming Retro Storytime programs this season will include: “I Like to Live in the City”  on Oct. 9 (course ID 22220), "Four Puppies" on Nov. 13 (course ID 22221), and “Frosty the Snow Man" on Dec. 11 (course ID 22222).

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

Step into Wellness event for 50 Plus is Sept. 10 in Meadowbrook Park

A new name and a new location are planned for an early fall special event which has provided 50 Plus participants with an opportunity to get outside, enjoy local trails, and stay active for 24 years now.  

This event is called Step Into Wellness (previously In Step and In Shape), and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in  Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. This year’s event will begin at 9 a.m. In addition to an organized walk with one mile, and 5K (3.1 miles) options, there will be opportunities to explore the world of wellness, enjoy demonstrations and activities, visit with representatives from local businesses, and enjoy a catered 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 catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keywords “special events.”

The cost for this four-hour event is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 per person for nonresidents, and includes lunch. Preregistration is required. 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 23799.

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. 

Reserve your 2019 Fall Group Hayride early for best choice of dates

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through  Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $8 per person or a minimum of $90 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per ten children is required.

Hayrides are now being scheduled for dates between Sept. 21 and Nov. 24. Hayrides take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge Parklands on the north side of  Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and information, call (913) 831-3359.

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 “hayrides.”

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 29, while the other will take place on Nov. 3. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is also $8 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. 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 23804 for the Sept. 29 ride or 23805 for the Nov. 3 ride. 

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

 

 

Upcoming Events

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Sat, 08/24/2019 - 9:00am

JCPRD U Kids Triathlon

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 9:00am

50 Plus Step Into Wellness

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 6:00pm

Board Game Bonanza

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:00am

50 Plus Homecoming Bingo

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

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