|Fire Restrictions Implemented in JCPRD Parks|
The use of charcoal in grills is permitted in Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks, but only if users have on hand water or sand for extinguishing them after use.
This is part of burning restrictions for County parks implemented by the JCPRD is response and in accordance with a burning ban for unincorporated areas of the county issued recently by Johnson County Officials.
Signs have been posted at the entrances to all JCPRD Parks which state: “FIRE HAZARD - All fires & open disposal of smoking materials prohibited.”
Under the restrictions, grills must be placed on a hard surface such as concrete, asphalt, or gravel. The use of fire circles or any other open flame without a grill or other spark arresting device to control embers is prohibited. Also suspended are model rocketry permits previously issued by the District.
The burning ban in unincorporated areas and the JCPRD restrictions were implemented in response to dry conditions, low relative humidity, and occasional high winds which have produced conditions that make open burning a threat to public health and safety. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice and lifting of the ban will be dependant upon the receipt of significant rainfall and cooler temperatures. Those found in violation of the ban are subject to citation and possible fines.
District facilities affected by the restrictions include: Shawnee Mission Park, Antioch Park, Heritage Park, Mill Creek Streamway Park, Ernie Miller Park, Stanley Park, Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, Sunflower Nature Park, Kill Creek Park, and the Tomahawk Recreation Complex.
For more information, call Bill Cobb, Superintendent of Parks & Golf Courses, at (913) 438-7275 Voice, or (913) 831-3342 TDD.