|Fire ban implemented in JCPRD's parks and facilities in northwestern part of county|
In accordance with a fire ban issued by the Northwest Consolidated Fire District on July 27, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has implemented a fire ban for its parks and outdoor facilities located in the northwestern portion of the county, officials announced. These include: Kill Creek Park, Kill Creek Streamway Park, Sunflower Nature Park, and the Cedar Creek Boat Ramp.
Under fire restrictions being implemented immediately, "building, maintaining, attending, or using open fires or campfires" is prohibited outdoors "except in permanent stoves, fireplaces, or barbecue grills in developed recreation areas." Fires in these permanent grills and fireplaces must extinguished completely before users leaving the park. Because there are no permanent grills or fireplaces at the Cedar Creek Boat Ramp or within the Kill Creek Streamway Park, all open fires are prohibited at those sites. Also suspended are model rocketry permits previously issued by JCPRD.
The ban and restrictions were implemented in response to increasingly dry conditions. The ban will remain in effect until further notice which will be dependant upon relief from the heat and dry conditions, or until the Johnson County Board of Commissioners considers a county-wide ban during its Aug. 4 meeting. Those found in violation of the ban may be subject to civil or criminal penalties.
District facilities affected by the current restrictions include: Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Kill Creek Streamway Park with two access points over 4.9 miles in the De Soto and Olathe area, Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd & Edgerton Road, De Soto; and the Cedar Creek Boat Ramp, 8265 S. Gardner Road, Olathe.
For more information, call Bill Maasen, Superintendent of Parks & Golf Courses, at (913) 438-7275.