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SMP Beach Closes Due to Lake Drawdown, KCP Beach Extends Hours
POSTED: 07/18/2007
Shawnee Mission Park Beach closed for the summer season on Tuesday, July 17, due to the ongoing drawdown of the lake which began more than a week before, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials announced. To provide an alternative venue, the beach at Kill Creek Park has extended its hours and will begin offering open water swim opportunities on Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning July 24.

The Shawnee Mission Park Beach is located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, while Kill Creek Park Beach is located in Kill Creek Park at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

While the Shawnee Mission Park Beach has discontinued daily hours, the beach will host a final Thursday night open water swim opportunity from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 19. Swimmers are asked to wear a cap and enter through the beach. The fee for open water swimming is $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents.

While the Shawnee Mission Park Lake Marina has also been effected by the lower lake level, it continues to offer daily hours and a closing date has not been set. The marina is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and offers rentals of canoes, pedal boats, two-person sailboats, and fishing boats.

A shorter than usual operating season at Shawnee Mission Park's beach and marina was anticipated due to plans to reduce the lake's water level by up to 10 feet. The drawdown began July 9 to prepare for lake improvements and the installation of a wetlands at the lake's southeast end. As of July 27, the lake had dropped about 27 inches, officials said. It is anticipated the lake will remain low until spring 2008.

With the closure of Shawnee Mission Park Beach, the Kill Creek Park Beach has extended its hours effective immediately, taking on the hours previously offered at Shawnee Mission Park. Kill Creek Park Beach is now open daily with Monday through Friday hours of Noon to 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday hours of Noon to 6 p.m. Daily rates 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. Open water swim opportunities will be offered at Kill Creek Lake from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. The fee is $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. Kill Creek Park's Beach and Marina are expected to close for the season on Aug. 12.

For more information during business hours, call (913) 492-2157 for the beach and (913) 888-1990 for the marina.

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