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Two Parks Revert Back to Normal Opening Hours Dec. 1
POSTED: 11/20/2003
Earlier winter opening hours at two Johnson County Park and Recreation District Parks will not continue beyond Nov. 30, although the issue could be revisited later.

During it's regular monthly meeting on Nov. 19, the District's Board heard an update on early morning park usage since the body acted during an Oct. 29 Special meeting to approve a month-long experiment whereby two parks open at 6:30 a.m. rather than 7:30 a.m. during November. The affected parks are Shawnee Mission Park, 79th and Renner Road, Shawnee; and Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.

Chief Park Ranger Ralph Hays reported Wednesday that based on ranger observations at Shawnee Mission Park, an average of 14 people per day used the park during the additional early-morning hour, including an average of four people each day in the park's popular off-leash area.

The extended hours at Shawnee Mission and Heritage parks were originally implemented in response to requests from the public and are meant to accommodate early-morning park usage of all kinds. The action did not change the parks' 8 p.m. closing time.

Board members took no action to further extend the park hours after Nov. 30, but asked rangers to continue recording observations of early morning park usage for the remainder of the month. Board members said the issue could be discussed again during their December or January meetings.

For more information, contact Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Bill Cobb at (913) 438-7275.

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