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Johnson County Park & Recreation District implements fire ban in all district parks
POSTED: 07/02/2012
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District has implemented a fire ban for all of its parks and outdoor facilities, officials announced.

The fire ban takes effect immediately and prohibits building, maintaining, attending, or using open fires except in permanent stoves and fireplaces provided by JCPRD in its developed recreation areas, or in portable barbecue grills placed on a concrete or asphalt surface.

Outdoor cooks are urged to use extreme caution and make sure a fire suppressant is at hand. All fires in approved grills and fireplaces must be extinguished completely before users leave the park.

All model rocketry and fire pit permits previously issued by JCPRD have also been suspended for the duration of the ban.

The ban and restrictions were implemented in response to increasingly dry conditions. The ban will remain in effect until further notice which will be dependent upon relief from the heat and dry conditions. Those found in violation of the ban may be subject to civil or criminal penalties.

District parks affected by the restrictions include: Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam; Ernie Miller Park, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Kill Creek Streamway Park with two access points in the De Soto and Olathe area; Mill Creek Streamway Park with eight access points in Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; Stanley Nature Park, 6295 W. 159th Street, Stilwell; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd & Edgerton Road, De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, 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.

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