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JCPRD Beaches & Marinas Opening Soon
POSTED: 05/04/2007
Two beaches and three marinas operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District are scheduled to open soon for summer use. The facilities include: The Shawnee Mission Park Beach and Shawnee Mission Park Marina, both located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee; Kill Creek Park Beach and Marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; and Heritage Park Marina, located in Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm, Olathe.

The marinas at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek parks will open for the regular season on May 26, while the Heritage Park Marina will open on June 2. Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through late July. Kill Creek Park Marina will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 12. The Heritage Park Marina will through Aug. 5 and will be open from Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 5. All three marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, pedal boats, two-person sailboats, and fishing boats. Rentals rates are listed in the Summer Activities catalog, available now, and on the District's website at Fishing permits are also available at the marinas.

The Shawnee Mission Park Beach and Kill Creek Park Beach will both open on June 2 and will be open through late July and Aug. 12, respectively. Shawnee Mission Park Beach will be open daily with Monday through Friday hours of Noon to 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday hours of Noon to 6 p.m. Kill Creek Park Beach will be open only on weekends with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m. Daily rates at either facility for children 12 and under adults over 50 are $3 for Johnson County residents and $3.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults is $5 for Johnson County residents and $5.50 for nonresidents. Season passes or combined season passes are also available.

This year's operating season at Shawnee Mission Park for both the beach and the marina will be shorter than usual due to plans to reduce the lake's water level by up to 10 feet beginning July 9 for lake improvements. Officials anticipate the drawdown will take two to three weeks to complete. Although a specific date has not been set, it is expected the beach and marina will be closed in late July after water levels at those facilities become too low for these activities.

For more information during business hours, call (913) 236-1240 prior to opening dates. During the summer season, call (913) 492-2157 for the beaches or (913) 888-1990 for the marinas.

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