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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

Family Fun Time event at TimberRidge Adventure Center set for July 15

Bring the family, get outdoors, and have an adventure at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center during a special event being offered in mid-July.

This program is called Family Fun Time, and is for ages eight and older. Archery, BB guns, boating, and fishing are activities participants will rotate through at their own pace during this three-hour event. Adventurers may come and go or stay for entire event. No pets are allowed for this event. Participants must preregister for this event in advance, as no drop-ins will be allowed. For more information, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.

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

Family Fun Time will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. The cost is $15 per person for Johnson County residents, or $17 per person for nonresidents. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at www.jcprd.com.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is  a 200-plus acre facility including a challenge course, climbing tower, and three ponds, and is adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. The TimberRidge entrance is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe. With the exception of an open house in the early spring, the facility is normally accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

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

First Overnight Fishing opportunity of 2018 at Lexington Lake Park is July 7

The first of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Lexington Lake Park during 2018 will take place on July 7. Other July overnight fishing opportunities are planned for July 14 at Heritage Park and July 21 at Shawnee Mission Park.
 
After 11 p.m. on these dates, each 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 special events and then under fun for all. 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.

This year’s other Overnight Fishing Saturdays this year will include Aug. 11 at Kill Creek Park, Aug. 18 at Shawnee Mission Park, and Sept. 15 at Lexington Lake Park.

Lexington Lake Park is located at 8850 Sunflower Road, north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

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

Experience local talent at Senior Follies on July 14 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

The whole family is invited to a fun-filled afternoon when the popular Senior Follies event is presented by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on a Saturday in mid-July.

This variety show featuring the talents of local folks over 50 promises an exciting Saturday afternoon. About 20 acts are expected for this year's show, including singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians. No additional acts are being sought at this time. The Senior Follies will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the event is expected to last about two hours.

Spectator tickets are $2 per person for Johnson County residents or $3 for nonresidents. To order tickets, call (913) 826-2830.

JCPRD hosted the first follies event in 2007 as the Men’s Follies. In fall 2010, a Women’s Follies event was introduced and was also well received. The following year the events were melded into a single Senor Follies, which was also successful. The event took a  hiatus from 2014 to 2017, when it was revived at The Black Box Theatre at JCAHC.

As configured for this event, The Black Box Theatre will seat about 247 people and organizers expect the venue may fill. The theater is The Theatre in the Park’s year-round venue to supplement its summer productions in Shawnee Mission Park. 

Next Listen Local Live free concert is July 13 with Duncan Burnett

The next in a series of three free concerts being offered by the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC) will take place in mid-July.

Listen Local Live is the name of this program, which is meant to let participants experience live performances and take part in a conversation about the inspirations behind local musicians. These performances are for all ages, and are a collaboration between the Johnson County Library and the Fine & Performing Arts Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. 

The second of three Listen Local Live  performance will feature Duncan Burnett on Friday, July 13. The final concert in the series will be Classical Revolution / Rewound on Aug. 10. 

JCAHC is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Each performance will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by an interview with the artists. Admission is free, and concessions will be available.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under adult. In the printed catalog,  look for the keyword “concert.” 

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

New Game Show Showdown event for 50 Plus planned for July 12 in Roeland Park

If you've  ever dreamed of hearing your name  in the announcement, “you’re the next contestant, come on down,” a new mid-July special event  being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District could be for you.

 

This special event is called Game Show Showdown, and will take place on July 12 at the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Join in on this silly rendition of television game shows. Everyone gets a chance to play. Refreshments will be served. Please register in advance, as space is limited. 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.”

 

The fun begins at 1 p.m. The cost for this two and one-half hour program  is $10 per person for Johnson County residents or $11 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 6909.

 

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.

JCPRD offers new youth tennis lessons in Roeland Park beginning July 10

There's still time for youth to learn tennis this summer on newly-replaced courts in the city of Roeland Park's R Park, located on the site of the former Roeland Park Elementary School at 5535 Juniper Drive. 

Following a ribbon cutting event at the new tennis courts being planned by the city of Roeland Park on July 2, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will offer three different youth tennis classes, all beginning on July 10.

The new tennis classes include: Red Ball Tennis Lessons for ages five through eight, Orange Ball Tennis Lessons  for ages nine and ten, and Green Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine to 12.  All three programs have classes which meet on Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 10, and involve eight one-hour sessions at a cost of  $75 for Johnson County residents or $83 for nonresidents. Students are encouraged to bring their own racket. To find these programs  online at  www.JCPRD.com,  use the course ID codes listed below or browse first under youth and then under sports. When using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “tennis.” 

Red Ball Tennis Lessons for ages five through eight are a kids-sized introduction to what could be the sport of a lifetime! Participants will receive instruction in an approachable and supportive environment. Students play with junior rackets and low-bouncing balls on a reduced court allowing them to more easily make contact and sustain a rally. The focus is on learning the fundamentals in order to establish a future of success. This program meets at 8 a.m. 

Orange Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine and ten let players will continue to develop their skills and athleticism by use of an orange ball designed to travel more slowly and bounce lower. Players receive lessons on a regulation net, but on a court shorter in length than standard. With these modifications and a junior rackets, youth find continued success on the court and progress at their own pace.  This program meets at 9:30 a.m. 

Green Ball Tennis Lessons for ages nine through 12 use green balls with a slightly reduced bounce height to give students a challenging transition to the full-size 78-foot regulation court. With continued supportive coaching, it won’t be long until students’ progress to the regulation yellow balls, the same as the pros! This program meets at 11 a.m. 

For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. Register online at www.jcprd.com for Red Ball Tennis for ages five to eight, for Orange Ball Tennis for ages nine through ten, or Green Ball Tennis for ages nine through 12.

Replacement of the tennis courts at the Roeland Park Elementary School began in early April. Roeland Park, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and their Missouri Valley Region arm, wanted to bring  tennis courts back to one of the first locations for tennis play in Johnson County. Several grants contributed to this project. These included $20,000, from the National USTA, and $12,000 from the Missouri Valley Region USTA for reconstruction and another $500 for equipment. Roeland Park Public Works provided demolition services valued at $10,000 and the balance of the project was financed with city capital improvement funds. The two-court layout with youth and regulation lines will serve newcomers to the game as well as seasoned players.  JCPRD is also a partner on the project, providing tennis programs at the new facility.

The July 2 ribbon cutting event for the new tennis courts will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m., and will include officials from Roeland Park, USTA Missouri Valley , and JCPRD.  Following the ribbon cutting, youth tennis equipment will be available for open play, and signups will be taken for the lessons listed above. 

Sailing II class offered for adults beginning July 10

Intermediate skills for sailing will be covered through a class being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The class is called Sailing II and is for ages 18 and older. 

Participants will learn to sail a Sweet 16 sailboat. Sailing II will cover weather observation, two-sail rigging, twin-hull nomenclature, safety, trailering, and trailer maintenance. As a prerequisite, participants must have completed either an American Red Cross or JCPRD Sailing I class prior to enrollment. Basic swimming skills are also required. To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under adult and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search,  look for the keyword “boating.” 

This class consists of two two-hour indoor lecture sessions and three three-hour outdoor water sessions. The indoor sessions will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 12, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The water sessions will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday beginning July 14 at the Shawnee Mission Park Boat Ramp, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. The cost  for 13 hours of instruction is $68 per person for Johnson County residents or $74 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 7207. 

If you have your own boat and wish to use it for this class, please call Officer Seth Salmans at (913) 826-3491. 

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

Next JCPRD youth and preschool summer swim lessons begin July 9

The next opportunity for preschoolers and youth to learn to swim or improve their existing swimming skills this summer is being offered by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and at the Prairie Village Pool at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village.

These lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. This convenient class format also takes the guesswork out of trying to determine what level you or your child should be in. These progressive lessons involve an assessment at the beginning of each daily class and let individuals move through the program at their own pace, learning new skills during the same session.

Swim lessons for preschool and youth involve eight 30-minute lessons for $60 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents.

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 July 9. 

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online at jcprd.com, browse first under preschool or youth and then under aquatics. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “swim lesson.” For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.

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

Register by July 3 for Water Gardens Day Trip with 50 Plus on July 7

Take in the beauty and serenity of some of the area’s finest water gardens during an early July day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Water Gardens of Kansas City 2.0 is the name of this trip. Participants will visit entries on the 25th Annual Water Garden Society of Kansas City Water Gardens Tour. From free-form ponds and streams to expansive waterfalls, these homeowners and businesses share their unique experiences designing, planning, and caring for water gardens. Lunch will be at Bravo Cucina Italiana. 

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

This trip will leave at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7,  from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. that day. The cost is for this eight-and-one-half-hour day trip, including admission, lunch, and transportation,  is $72 per person. The registration deadline for this trip is Tuesday, July 3. 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 7064. 

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.

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

Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs continue on July 6, 13, & 20

Bring the family to the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater on Friday evenings during June and July for educational and entertaining programs. The programs last about 45 minutes and are designed for all ages. Programs begin at 7 p.m. A charge of $3 per person paid on-site helps cover the cost of the programs; children two and under are free.  Preregistration is not required for these programs.

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

July presentations are:

July 6:  Animal Clues - investigate different animal clues and see a live animal that often leaves signs for us to find.

July 13Wildlife Webs - Help construct three food chains and see a live animal from each one. Find out who eats who.

July 20: Bats - Explore the dark and mysterious world of Kansas bats. Discover how we benefit from them and how we can help protect them.

For more information on amphitheater programs, call (913) 826-2800.

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