|JCPRD Encourages Area Residents to Use Parks on Veterans Day Weekend|
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District is encouraging area residents to make use of their local parks during a national “Weekend of Unity and Hope” on Nov. 10 through 12.
During an Oct. 3 opening keynote address before the National Recreation and Park Association’s Annual Congress in Denver, US Secretary of the Interior Gail A. Norton announced that regular entry fees for all National Parks will be waived on this weekend and asked local agencies to do the same. She said she encouraged people to use this weekend to spend time with their families, remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, and to renew a spirit of unity and faith.
"Now more than ever, we need our nation's natural and cultural icons and to celebrate the healing power of America's great outdoors," Norton said in her address.
Like other local park and recreation agencies, the JCPRD does not normally charge park entry fees. While no organized events are planned, the Veterans' Day weekend is being promoted by the District as a Family Weekend and an opportunity to experience the outdoors.
District officials noted that this weekend may provide a perfect opportunity to explore the JCPRD's newest park, Kill Creek Park, which will open on Nov. 3. This 850-acre park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and features natural prairie and lowland settings accessible only by hiking trails (see separate related news release).
For more information, call Superintendent of Parks Bill Cobb (913) 438-7275 Voice, or (913) 831-3342 TDD.