Q: Which Johnson County Parks and Facilities
are managed by Johnson County Park and Recreation District?
The following are all of parks and facilities managed
by JCPRD: Antioch Park
Big Bull Creek Park (future), Ernie
Miller Park and Nature Center
, Heritage Park
, Kill Creek
Kill Creek Park Streamway
Mid-America Sports Complex
West Sports Complex and Okun Fieldhouse
, Roeland Park Aquatic Center
Roeland Park Dome
, the Streamway Parks System (Mill
, Bull Creek, Kill Creek), Stillwell
, The Theatre in
, Thomas S. Stoll
, and Tomahawk
Hills Golf Course.
Q: Where does Johnson County Park and Recreation District
post their job openings and how do I work for the organization?
JCPRD has approximately 200 regular full-time staff and
hires approximately 1,000 seasonal and contractual staff each year. We are
fortunate not to have a high rate of turnover among regular staff; however,
many of our regular staff began their career as seasonal staff members. Postings
of all regular staff openings are listed on the web site, on Johnson County
Government’s web site, www.jocogov.org
and often in local media outlets. The web site postings are usually updated
on Mondays. Seasonal Job Packets, available in early Spring (for Summer jobs),
and in late Summer (for Fall and Winter positions) provide descriptions of
duties, rate of pay, location of work, and application materials. Job seekers
can pick up a packet at the District’s offices in Antioch Park and Shawnee
Mission Park, or view the listings on the District’s web site. Many
summer positions are often filled by the end of Spring Break as it is a convenient
time to conduct interviews – send in your application early!
Q: Why does Johnson County Park and Recreation District's ACTIVITIES catalog
list two different prices for most programs and classes?
Fees for Johnson County residents are discounted by approximately
10 percent from those of non-residents to reflect tax support for some programs
for employee benefits. As listed in the catalog, the first price is the rate
for Johnson County residents, while the second price is for non-residents.
Tax support is not applicable to all programs; therefore, there are no differences
in registration fees.
Q: Does Johnson County Park and Recreation District have sites/facilities
available for weddings?
Yes. JCPRD has both indoor and outdoor venues available
for wedding events and all shelters may be reserved for weddings, graduation
and/or other special events.
JCPRD Outdoor Venues:
If you are interested in an outdoor
location, please feel free to visit Helen
Cuddy Memorial Rose Garden
and the Whispering
Pine Shelter at TimberRidge Adventure Center
. The Rose Garden is primarily
used for weddings. The Whispering Pine Shelter has a limestone outdoor fireplace,
attached restrooms, and can accommodate up to 200 people.
JCPRD Indoor Venues:
If you are interested in an indoor facility,
the Mildale Farm
is one of Kansas City's premier spots. Also, the Heritage
Park Golf Course Green Room
seats over a hundred guests and the Elmridge
Room at Tomahawk Golf Course seats up to 150. The TimberRidge
Adventure Center's Welcome Center
consists of a beautiful wrap around
deck, full size kitchen and can accommodate up to 80 guests. For information
regarding the Mildale Farm facility and/or the Heritage Park Green Room, please
call Sarah (913) 826-2957. For information regarding the TimberRidge Adventure
Center, please call (913) 856-8849.
JCPRD can arrange meal catering, chair rental, etc. for gatherings. If you
are interested in a price quote, please call Sarah at (913) 826-2957.
We do not reserve shelters via our web site. All reservations are conducted
via telephone or on a walk-in basis. For availability and reservations call
(913) 831-3359 or visit the JCPRD Registration Office in Antioch Park, Bldg.
D, 6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam, KS.
Q: Does Johnson County Park and Recreation District have off-leash dog
areas in their parks?
Yes. JCPRD has four off-leash dog areas. The four off-leash
parks are located in Shawnee
, Thomas S. Stoll Memorial
and on the Kill
(at the 95th Street access point). Each off-leash area
is an enclosed, fenced area. Also, the Shawnee Mission and Heritage Parks
include a dog swimming area. Kill Creek Streamway Park has a creek, but the
banks are steep and the water is generally only a few inches deep. In the
interest of safety and health, the District recommends not using the creek
for dog swimming. Elsewhere in the District parks and trails, dogs are required
to be on a leash. The leash law is strictly enforced.
Q: Are there any fees or permits required to fish in the county lakes,
where can I get the permits, and to which lakes do these apply?
To fish in the Johnson County Park & Recreation District
lakes at Heritage Park
Shawnee Mission Park
and Thomas S.
Stoll Memorial Park
, you will need to purchase a Kansas State Fishing
License and a Johnson County Fishing Permit. Trout fishing requires an additional
permit. All of these may be purchased at one of our offices: Registration
- Bldg. D, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam, KS and John
Barkley Visitors' Center
, 7900 Renner Rd., Lenexa , KS. They are also
available at many sporting goods retailers in the area. Boating permits are
also available at all of these sites. Please note that the fishing at Antioch
Park is "catch and release" only. For more information on the age requirements
and fees, click here
. You may
also call us at (913) 888-4713. For information on any other lakes, you will
need to contact the city in which they are located.
Q: Why is it so difficult to get my child in some Johnson
County Park and Recreation District programs and camps?
Some popular programs fill quickly due to facility limitations.
For example, youth soccer programs in the spring and fall usually turn away
registrations because of the shortage of fields and the difficulties of scheduling
instructional practices and game times. The District and the cities of Johnson
County continue to build fields as land is acquired and development funds
Q: Does Johnson County Park and Recreation District offer horse
rentals in any park?
Rentals are not available on District properties. While
Shawnee Mission Park offers several horseback trails, horses must be brought
in by trailer or ridden.