|JCPRD Receives National Aquatics Recognition|
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District's aquatics programs were recently recognized with the National Recreation and Park Association's 2005 Excellence in Aquatics Award in its population class. The award was scheduled for presentation during the NRPA's annual Aquatics Conference March 4-7 in Las Vegas.
JCPRD Sports and Facilities Manager Jim Armstrong said the award recognizes all of the District's water-related programs, including programs at the Roeland Park Aquatic Center and at other local pools; the Blazers and Blazers Masters swim programs; beaches and marinas at Shawnee Mission, Kill Creek and Heritage (marina only) parks; 50 Plus and Special Olympics aquatics offerings; as well as sailboard and boating classes offered by the Park Safety and Interpretive Division. The District previously received the Excellence in Aquatics Award in 1987.
"We feel we have succeeded in enhancing the quality of life in Johnson County" District officials stated in their award application. "We offer such a variety of Learn to Swim programs, water fitness programs, a wide range of aquatics activities and aquatics competitions. We have programs for beginners though advanced, along with programs for all ages, from toddlers to seniors. If we are unable to provide these services within our own capital, we make every effort to research and locate available space from either a private or public entity and lease this space for our programs."