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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

Roadwork closes Heritage Park trail pedestrian access point beginning May 18

The Heritage Park trail pedestrian access point located at the intersection of 159th and Pflumm will be closed as the city of Overland Park installs a new roundabout. 

The trail closure is expected to run from Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, Aug. 11, and is dependent upon favorable weather.  Barricades will be placed on the trail north and south of 159th Street.

 Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.

See the map. 


Annual Free Fishing Weekend in JCPRD parks is June 6 & 7

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District has established the weekend of Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, as the 2020 Annual Free Fishing Weekend in district parks. This coincides with the state of Kansas’ “Free Fishing Days” in state parks.  The Saturday portion of the event also coincides with the first Overnight Fishing Opportunity of the year at Heritage Park where the park will be open after 11 p.m. for fishing only.

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, boating, and archery permits will be waived on these days in the district parks where these activities are normally allowed as follows:

Park and Permits Waived

  • Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam - Fishing
  • Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe - Fishing & Boating
  • Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe - Fishing & Boating
  • Lexington Lake Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission - Fishing, Boating & Archery
  • Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village - Fishing
  • Streamway Parks, various access points - Fishing & Boating
  • Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park - Fishing

Fishing licenses have also been waived by the state of Kansas for this weekend, allowing fishing without a state license as well. However, JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout in Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks. Regular park hours for most parks for these days are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Exceptions are Antioch Park, which closes at 10 p.m., and the Streamway and Stoll parks, which are open from dawn to dusk. This event is the only time each year license and permit requirements are waived for all parks with fishing lakes. For more information, call (913) 888-4713.

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, 06/17/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 7:00pm

Park & Recreation Commission