The Plan to Reopen JCPRD


Phase 3

Johnson County Park and Recreation District Recovery Plan 

JCPRD has reopened our parks, facilities, and programs. What follows is a Five-Phase Plan that will guide the reopening for appropriate JCPRD buildings, services, and events during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) crisis.  Using the State of Kansas COVID-19 Recovery Plan as a foundation for decision making, this plan will reflect the recommendations of the Johnson County Health Department, State Health Department, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. It will be adapted or edited to respond to developing concerns related to the pandemic and will be 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 includes five phases. 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 Reopening Guidelines, click here.

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

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

These are guidelines only, reopening is contingent on current conditions, adequate resources, available staffing, and are subject to change.

  1. Phase 1
  2. Phase 1.5
  3. Phase 2
  4. Phase 3
  5. Phase Out

Parks & Trails

Open during regular park hours



Park Restrooms

Open with daily sanitation

Outdoor Courts

Open but limited to non-contact activities with a limit of 10 people per activity zone when social distancing is not possible

Special Events



Open with limit of 10 people per activity zone when social distancing is not possible

Outdoor Entertainment Venues/Theatre/Events


50 Plus Programs and Special Populations


Camps/Preschools/Out of School Time

KDHE licensed only open for business with guidelines implemented. 1:9 Ratio and limited to 10 people per active use zone


Beaches closed  


Marinas open with mass gathering restrictions and social distancing

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


Fitness Centers


Indoor Pools


Indoor Programs/Meeting/Multipurpose Rooms/Rentals


Museums/Art Galleries/Art Studios


Sports Non/Contact


Sports Contact



Open for business with touchless golf guidelines implemented.

Park Shelters

Open with guidelines implemented. Limit of 10 people per activity zone when social distancing is not possible.



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.

Mass Gathering Clarification

Because there has been a lot of confusion about mass gatherings, the State of Kansas has provided the following clarification: the mass gathering provision means that facilities must avoid any instances in which more than 15 individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity. This does not limit the total occupancy of a facility or a field, but requires that facilities limit mass gatherings in areas and instances in which physical distancing cannot be maintained such as in entrances, lobbies, locker rooms, etc. You are able to have more than 15 individuals in one place, as long as they are able to maintain social distancing except for moments of infrequent or incidental contact. The purpose of this provision is to limit clusters of large crowds of spectators, teams, etc. where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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.