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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

JCPRD beaches, marinas, and Roeland Park Aquatic Center to end their summer seasons on Aug. 11

Time is quickly winding down to take advantage of the summer season at aquatics facilities operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Facilities include: the Shawnee Mission Park's beach and marina,  located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; Kill Creek Park beach and marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.  

All five facilities will close for their regular summer seasons on Aug, 11. Until then, 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 is offering no open water swim training opportunities this year.   

For both beaches, regular daily beach admission rates for children 12 and under are $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 admission for 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.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will also  operate daily through Aug. 11. RPAC hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. RPAC will close at 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. 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 age two and under is free, regardless of residency. The last preschool and youth swim lessons of the season being offered by JCPRD get under way beginning  July 22  at both RPAC and at the Prairie Village Pool, 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village. The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will continue with an adapted season through Sept. 2, although no lessons will be offered during that time. The adapted season includes Friday hours of 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m., except on Labor Day (Sept. 2) when the facility closes at 4 p.m.

Also ending their summer operating hours on Aug. 11  are the marinas at  both parks. Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily  (last rentals at  6 p.m.) and the Kill Creek Park Marina (which also operates off of the beach) will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Both marinas offer boat rentals, including kayaks, and paddleboards, which have a weight limit of 220 pounds. Shawnee Mission Park Marina also has canoes and pedal boats. Rental rates are listed in the May through August My JCPRD Activities catalog, and on the district’s website at www.jcprd.com.  Fishing permits are also available at the Shawnee Mission Park marina. Patrons should be aware that while the Shawnee Mission Park Marina now accepts credit cards, the Kill Creek Park Marina does not and neither facility accepts checks.  

Following the close of the summer season, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will continue to be open on weekends on Aug. 17 and 18, Aug. 24 and 25, and Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, when it will close at 4 p.m.

For more information about JCPRD aquatics facilities during operating hours Until Aug. 11, call (913) 888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, or (913) 585-3652 for the Kill Creek Park Beach or Marina. After Aug. 11, call (913) 686-6030, extension 17 for Kill Creek Park, extension 19 for Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and extension 20 for Shawnee Mission Park Marina.

Overnight Fishing at Kill Creek Park is Aug. 10

The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays  planned at Kill Creek Park during 2019 will take place on Aug. 10, while the last of four overnight opportunities at Shawnee Mission Park will take place on Aug. 17.

After 11 p.m. on these dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. 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 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. Before fishing  in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents  age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.   Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam;  Visitors Services in the JCPRD Administration Offices in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

The final Overnight Fishing Saturday of 2019 will take place on Sept. 14 at Lexington Lake Park. 

Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Lexington Lake Park is located at 8850 Sunflower Road, north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto.

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

 

Hawaiian Luau Bingo is theme for next special event bingo program for 50 Plus on Aug. 15

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

This program is called Special Event Bingo - Hawaiian Luau Bingo. 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 - Hawaiian Luau Bingo will take place beginning  at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15,  at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. 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 Aug. 8. 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 or 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) 826-2975 for space availability.

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

 

Family Bingo Night at Roeland Park Community Center is final monthly Family Fun offering on Aug. 2

An intergenerational special event being planned by the Johnson County Park and  Recreation District in early August will provide a great opportunity for families to unplug and have fun together. 

The event, which is called Family Bingo Night, is for all ages and also is the last of four monthly programs in this summer's  Family Fun Series, which involve monthly events where kiddos and their grown-ups can play, explore, and make memories together. For Bingo Night, we’ve added twists and special treats to make the game more active, silly, and a family night to remember! Dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Prizes include gift bags and gift certificates. Cost of admission covers food and staff time to administer the bingo program. No additional charge for bingo. 

Family Bingo Night will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. 

For each two-hour event in the Family Fun Series, the cost for individual admission is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 per person for nonresidents. Two different family rates are also offered. For a family of up to four people, the cost is $30 for residents or $33 for nonresidents. For a family of up to seven people, the cost is $40 for residents or $44 for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online for Family Bingo Night at www.jcprd.com.

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

Kids' Night Out event set for Aug. 2 at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse

Children ages six to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Kids' Night Out event planned in August at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse in Prairie Village.

Participants will create a night to remember! Kids can build a catapult, make a tie dye shirt, and play giant versions of their favorite games. Dinner is included.

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

Kids' Night Out will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located at 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. The cost for one three-hour session is  $13 for Johnson County residents or $15 for nonresidents.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 18919.  

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

"Smarty Pants-Nerd Gear" is theme of Parents’ Night Out session on Aug. 3

Children ages six to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Parents' Night Out planned in early August at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Mill Creek Activity Center in Shawnee.

The idea behind this gymnastics event is that parents can have a fun night out while their little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite gymnastics coaches enjoying  games, crafts, activities, and snacks under the supervision of JCPRD staff. 

This Aug. 3 Parents' Night Out is called Smarty Pants-Nerd Gear. Participants are invited to grab their pocket protectors and enter our costume contest in their best suspenders, high socks, and loafers! For this event, school supply donations will also be collected.

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

The August Parents' Night Out will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Mill Creek Activity Center, located at 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. The cost for one three-hour session is  $27 for Johnson County residents or $30 for nonresidents.  For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com.  

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

 

 

New 50 Plus Step-by-Step Canvas Painting for Beginners class set for July 29

A fun class of step-by-step canvas painting techniques for the true beginner is being offered in late July by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The program is called Step-by-Step Canvas Painting for Beginners.  Brushes and all other art supplies are included, and coffee beans will be brewed to enhance friendly conversation! Take home your work of art and feel proud of your new-found talent.

This program was not included in the May through August My JCPRD Activities catalog, but you can find it online at JCPRD.com by browsing first under 50 Plus and then under  art. 

Step-by-Step Canvas Painting for Beginners will take place beginning  at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 29, at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. The cost for this two-hour program is $37 per person for Johnson County residents or $41 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

While the 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. 

 

Johnson County Sailing Society to conduct next Come Sail With Us event on July 27

All sailors and sailing enthusiasts ages 18 and older are invited to join the Johnson County Sailing Society for a free program on Saturday, July 27, at Shawnee Mission Park Lake, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

This  free program is called Come Sail With Us and will take place beginning at noon at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina on the north side of the lake. During this one-hour program, participants will be able to take rides in the personal vessels of society members while they take part in water activities such as mock races or a sailing scavenger hunt. While this is listed as a one-hour event, organizers said it will continue until everyone who has shown an interest has an opportunity to take a ride. This event  begins at noon, and is dependent upon favorable weather.  

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under adult and then under nature and outdoors. Look for the keyword “boating.” 

For more information, or to participate in Johnson County Sailing Society races, please contact Nick Hockman at (913) 268-5683.

 

Learn about "Collecting Oz" during Lunch and Learn session at Johnson County Museum on July 19

Meet a local collector of all things Oz during the next Lunch & Learn program, which will be presented at the Johnson County Museum in mid-July.

This Lunch and Learn is titled Collecting Oz. During this hour-long session, collector Jane Albright, who inspired the museum's current temporary exhibit, “Expanding Oz,” will share her journey and passion collecting all things Oz. Admission to the Oz exhibit is included in the ticket price, for viewing before or after the program. Bring a lunch. For this program, the museum will provide bottled water and dessert, but participants should bring a sack lunch. 

This Lunch and Learn ties into the museum's special exhibit called Expanding Oz, which traces the growth of “The Wizard of Oz” phenomenon, explore its global appeal, and illustrate its influence on popular culture. The exhibit will run through Nov. 2, and ties into the 100th anniversary of Author L. Frank Baum’s death, the 80th anniversary of the 1939 MGM movie, and the Theatre in the Park’s production of the play on Aug. 2-10 as part of its 50th outdoor season.

To find the lunch and learn  in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “museum .” 

This Lunch & Learn will take place beginning at noon on Friday, July 19, at the Johnson County Museum, located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one one-hour program is $5 per person for adults, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount, but must register by phone by calling (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount.  The program fee also includes museum admission. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at www.jcprd.com. 

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.

Roeland Park Aquatic Center reopens May 25, for summer season of open swims and lessons

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. 

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