|Overnight fishing opportunities offered on July 21 & 28|
The second of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Heritage Park Lake during 2012 will take place on July 21, and the third of four at Shawnee Mission Park will take place on July 28.
After 11 p.m. on those dates, the specified park will be open for fishing only, and park police will be on duty throughout the night.
Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety staff note that state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset.
Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, in the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, and at numerous local bait and tackle shops.
"The overnight fishing program came about in response to angler's requests," said Park Police Community Relations Officer Billie Thompson. "The overnight events especially appeal to anglers who want a more peaceful time fishing and to parents who want to introduce their kids to the outdoors."
The final overnight fishing opportunities this year will take place on August 18 at Kill Creek Park and Aug. 25 at Shawnee Mission Park.
Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road in Olathe, Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa, and Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane in Olathe.
For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Visitor's Center at (913) 888-4713.