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Enjoy a “staycation” in Shawnee Mission Park with “A Day in the Park” on June 5
POSTED: 05/12/2010
On this day, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be offering free admission to the Shawnee Mission Park Beach, free pedal boat and canoe rentals at Shawnee Mission Park Marina, and will be waiving District fishing permits. Several other free activities will also be available. The June 5 date ties into both the District’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and District fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day.

Marina hours on June 5 are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Beach hours will be extended on this date to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park patrons can always bring a picnic lunch to the park, but on this date, concessions will also be available for purchase at Shelter 3 near the marina parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., families will have the opportunity to go geocaching with GPS units available for use. And for those who have always wanted to give disc golf a try, the District will have discs available for check-out near Hole #1 in the North Walnut Grove area so your family can enjoy some time on Shawnee Mission Park’s disc golf course.

Park visitors will be encouraged to experience the beautiful trails in Shawnee Mission Park by taking a leisurely (or vigorous) walk or run. Although not an organized race, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., staff will be at the “starting line” on the trail directly across from the marina parking lot to provide course maps of different distances to park visitors. Those who take advantage of this opportunity will receive a commemorative JCPRD gift upon completion of their walk/run. And don’t forget to bring your dog, who always looks forward to a great day at the off-leash area.

JCPRD Superintendent of Recreation Jill Geller said the idea for this event grew out of the “staycation” concept where families take vacations in their own communities rather than going elsewhere.

“We thought ‘what a great staycation opportunity if we offer a day in the park when families can come and enjoy all the amenities we have to offer: the beach, the marina, disc golf,’ “ Geller said. “We’ll have activities going on all over the park, encouraging people to utilize the trails and off-leash area, and showcasing all that Shawnee Mission Park has to offer.”

“This is a service that we want to provide,” Geller added. “Times are tough right now, so all activities on this date will be free of charge. I can’t think of a better way for a family to kick-off their summer than by enjoying a great vacation day at this beautiful park right here in our own community.”

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