Pandemic Operations Guidelines

Johnson County Park and Recreation District Program and Activity Information 

JCPRD parks, facilities, and programs are open. Using the State of Kansas COVID-19 Recovery Plan as a foundation for decision making, this plan reflects the recommendations of the Johnson County Health Department, State Health Department, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. It is adapted and edited to respond to developing concerns related to the pandemic and is used to guide the decision making, planning, and communication. 

Administrative planning includes updated protocols for cleaning, 6-foot distancing measures to adapt programs, facility layout, and appropriate signage. External communication and emergency procedures specific to this crisis have also been created and will continue to be updated as the situation requires. It is our goal to do everything we can to offer programs and experiences that are safe for our staff and patrons.  The plan shown below shows the current Phase.  The timing of safely progressing between each phase is dependent on gating criteria and is directed by the Johnson County Health Department.  More information on the gating criteria can be found here.  

To see the Phased  Guidelines, click here.

For Sports Leagues COVID-19 Information, click here.

To see updates on our current closures and cancellations, click here.

To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Current Phase Guidelines

Everyone entering a JCPRD facility must wear a mask, unless exempt by executive order. Masks are required to be worn by spectators, coaches, and athletes on the bench.

While on the bench, players must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Children under 5 are encouraged to wear a mask but are otherwise exempt from this order.

Parks & Trails

Open during regular park hours.


Open with social distancing.

Park Restrooms

Park bathrooms are closed for the winter except for the Administration building at Shawnee Mission Park, near Building A at Antioch Park, Park Police sub-station at Big Bull Creek Park, and the off-leash area at Heritage Park. 

Outdoor Courts

Pickleball and tennis courts open but limited to non-contact activities. 

Special Events

Allowed with social distancing, however specific restrictions may be required depending on the nature of the event.


Open with social distancing.  Some exceptions are permitted by special request.

Outdoor Entertainment Venues/Theatre/Events

Allowed with social distancing. Specific restrictions may be required depending on the nature of the event.

50 Plus Programs

Open with limit of 50 people per activity zone when social distancing is not possible. Some exceptions are permitted by special request. 

Special Populations

Open with social distancing requirements.

Camps/Preschools/Out of School Time

Open for business with guidelines implemented.

1:15 ratio and limited to 50 people per active use zone.


Beaches are closed for the season. 


Beaches are closed for the season.

Gymnasiums/Running Tracks/Group Fitness Studios/General Recreation Spaces

Open with social distancing throughout. Follow CDC cleaning guidelines. Sports and activities with shared equipment should be avoided.

Fitness Centers

Open with social distancing throughout.  Equipment spaced at least 6 feet apart.  Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning.

Indoor Pools

SMSD Aquatic Center is open with restrictions  Click here for the latest information.

Indoor Programs/Meeting/Multipurpose Rooms/Rentals

Open with social distancing required.  Follow CDC cleaning guidelines.  

Museums/Art Galleries/Art Studios

Open with social distancing required.  Follow CDC cleaning guidelines.  

Sports Non/Contact

Open for controlled non-contact practices, clinics and modified rule games, limit size to 45 including coaches and spectators, but not including players, per scheduled field/court when social distancing is not possible.

Sports Contact

Open for controlled non-contact practices, clinics and modified rule games, limit size to 50 including players, coaches and spectators but not including players per scheduled field/court when social distancing is not possible.


Open for business.  Restriction to one per cart lifted and clubhouse open for purchasing of goods.  Regular tee times offered.

Park Shelters

Open with social distancing.


Open for business with guidelines implemented, including daily sanitation and cleanliness protocols in place.

General Guidelines


Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer when out and about.
Practice physical distancing and always cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze.
Stay home if you aren’t feeling well.

Contact Tracing 

Depending on the level of community spread, local and state public health departments may need to implement mitigation strategies for public health functions to identify cases and conduct contact tracing. When applied, community mitigation efforts may help facilitate public health activities like contact tracing.

For sport activities that are programmed or hosted by JCPRD the following contact tracing requirements have been implemented:

  • A team roster form will clearly outline the purpose and importance of the document.
  • The roster form will be provided to each team manager to list all players and coaches names and contact information to include phone number, mailing address, and email address.
  • The roster form will require participants under the age of 18 to include parent contact information, or adult equivalent. At least two contacts should be provided for each youth participant.
  • This roster form will be available at registration and/or be sent out electronically to all team managers prior to any team function.
  • A completed and submitted roster form will be required before participation in any aspect of the sport.
  • For outside rental groups, such as tournament directors, the same information will be required for each team by the renting organization.
  • Once completed, the form will be returned and kept with the agency.

If a positive COVID-19 case is reported from any participant or spectator, the agency will notify the local health department to provide details and to seek direction. Once directed by the health department, all individuals/families on the roster form will be notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The hosting agency will provide each individual/family guidance provided by the local health department.

Johnson County Health & Environment is updating Johnson County residents on preparing and response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Stay up-to-date with JoCo Health & Environment as they monitor the status of Johnson County and keep up with the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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The JCPRD Recovery Plan, showing facilities and programming, and the Reopening Plan, showing staff reopening protocols within each phase, can be found on this page. Click here to see the Guidelines for Reopening. 

The recovery plan is subject to change due to current conditions and is meant only as recommendations.