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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

Reserve your 2020 Fall Group Hayride now for best choice of dates

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission 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! This year’s hayride offerings have been modified for physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices. 

Hayrides are now being scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dates between Oct. 3 and Nov. 22 at Oak Ridge Parklands on the north side of Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee. No rides are being offered this year at Heritage Park. Haywagons are being limited to 20 riders, and all participants must wear masks (no gators) during the ride. 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 20 people per wagon and one adult per ten children is required.

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.

JCPRD’s Public Hayrides, which allow individuals and families to participate in a hayride with other folks they don’t know, will not be offered this year.

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

Test your JoCo knowledge at Old Settlers

How much do you know about Johnson County? Come test your trivia skills with our Spin-to-Win wheel at Johnson County Old Settlers in downtown Olathe! We will have a booth at this event today, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. In addition to learning about the county, you’ll find experts on the upcoming 2020 Census who can answer your questions about what to expect next year, why participation is so important and how you can become a census worker.

Our booth is located just to the north of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Olathe). Other county entities represented at this event include the Johnson County Election Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management and Communications department. For more information on this event, please visit the Old Settlers website.

Upcoming Events

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Wed, 10/21/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission