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May 24

JCPRD marinas and beaches, plus Roeland Park Aquatic Center, all open in May

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:52 AM by Becky Burnside

If the long, cold winter has left you eager to get in or on the water, there's not much longer to wait!

The Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open on Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 4, and will open daily for the summer season starting May 25. Other aquatics facilities operated by JCPRD, including the Shawnee Mission Park Beach, the Kill Creek Park Marina, the Kill Creek Beach, and the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, will all also open for their summer seasons on May 25. Not all of these facilities operate daily throughout the summer, but all will end their regular summer seasons on Aug. 11.  

Weekend hours at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. After May 25, the marina will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. During both weekend and daily hours, the marina's last rentals each day will be at 6 p.m.

Note that a temporary repair to address rotten roof beams at the SMP Marina has been made to allow the facility to operate out of its usual location this spring and summer, and a full roof replacement to bring the marina back to its original design is scheduled this fall. 

After May 25, Kill Creek Park Marina, which operates out of the beach facility, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, also through Aug. 11. The KCP marina is closed on Monday through Wednesday. 

The marinas offer boat rentals, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats
(only available at Shawnee Mission Park.) Fishing permits are also available at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina. The Shawnee Mission Park Marina accepts credit cards, but not checks. The Kill Creek Park Marina accepts cash only. Rental rates are listed at

Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park beaches also open for their summer season on May 25, and the SMP beach is offering two weekly opportunities for open water swim training. Regular beach hours at Shawnee Mission Park are noon to 6 p.m. on every day of week except Tuesday and Thursday, when the hours are noon to 5 p.m. Open water swim training at SMP is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. At Kill Creek Park, beach hours are noon to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The KCP beach is closed on Monday through Wednesday, and is offering no open water swim training opportunities this year.   

For both beaches, regular daily beach admission rates for children 12 and under are $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. Admission for adults 13 to 59 is $6 for Johnson County residents or $6.50 for nonresidents, and admission for ages 60 and older are $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. Kill Creek Park Beach accepts cash only. Season passes are also available. For open water swim training, the cost is $7 per person for Johnson County residents or $7.50 for nonresidents.

The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will also open on Saturday, May 25, for its summer season and will operate daily through Aug. 11. RPAC hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Exceptions to these hours are anticipated on June 13 and 27, when the RPAC will close at 3 p.m., and on July 4 and Aug. 11, when the facility will close at 4 p.m.

Open swim admission rates for ages three through 59 are: $6 for Roeland Park residents, and $8 for nonresidents. For ages 60 and older, the rates are: $5.50 for Roeland Park residents, and $7.50 for nonresidents. Admission for age two and under is free, regardless of residency. 

Also available are seasonal membership passes to RPAC, and a “Super Pass,” which lets residents of Roeland Park, Fairway, Leawood, Merriam, Mission, or Prairie Village who purchase a resident pass to their respective city’s pool also purchase the Super Pass, which permits entry to pools in the other five cities. 

In addition to the main pool, other RPAC facilities which will operate during the summer months include: a new 16-foot aquatic climbing wall which participants can climb and then drop from the wall into the pool, as well as a 1-meter diving board, a 120-foot water slide, an eight-foot wide group slide, a separate youth pool, “lemon drop” sprayers, and a vortex pool with a volcano water feature.

Preschool and youth swim lessons offered by JCPRD get under way in early June at both RPAC and at the Prairie Village Pool. Lessons offer a progression of instructional courses which can take a swimmer from basic level skills to pre-swim team skills. All levels of instruction have classes beginning June 3, 8, and 17.  

Also starting in late May at RPAC are the  Pre-Competitive Stingrays Swim Team for ages six to eight, and the Competitive Stingrays Swim Team for ages seven to 11, and 12 to 19. Parent meetings for all three age groups are set for May 11.

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. The Roeland Park Aquatic Center is located at 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, and the Prairie Village Pool is located at 7710 Delmar, Prairie Village. 

For more information about JCPRD aquatics facilities, which are also available for rental, call (913) 831-3359. During operating hours after May 26, call (913) 888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, or (913) 585-3652 for the Kill Creek Park Beach or Marina.