You know summer is winding down when beaches and marinas start closing for the season.
Five aquatic facilities
operated by JCPRD will close for their regular summer seasons on Aug, 11. These facilities include: Shawnee Mission Park’s beach and marina, located in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; Kill Creek Park beach and marina, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.
Until Aug. 11, 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 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, also ending Aug. 11. 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 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 operate daily through Aug. 11. RPAC hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. RPAC will close at 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. 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. The last preschool and youth swim lessons of the season being offered by JCPRD started on July 22. The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will continue to operate with an adapted season through Sept. 2, although no lessons are offered during that time. The adapted season includes Friday hours of 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday hours of noon to 6 p.m., except on Labor Day (Sept. 2) when the facility closes at 4 p.m.
Also ending their summer operating hours on Aug. 11 are the marinas at both parks. Until then, Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (last rentals at 6 p.m.) and the Kill Creek Park Marina (which also operates off of the beach) will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Both marinas offer boat rentals, including kayaks, and paddleboards, which have a weight limit of 220 pounds. Shawnee Mission Park Marina also has canoes and pedal boats. Rental rates are listed in the May through August My JCPRD Activities catalog, and on the district’s website at www.jcprd.com. Fishing permits are also available at the Shawnee Mission Park marina. Patrons should be aware that while the Shawnee Mission Park Marina now accepts credit cards, the Kill Creek Park Marina does not and neither facility accepts checks.
Following the close of the summer season, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will continue to be open on weekends on Aug. 17 and 18, Aug. 24 and 25, and Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, when it will close at 4 p.m. (last rental at 3 p.m.)
For more information about JCPRD aquatics facilities during operating hours until Aug. 11, call (913) 888-1990 for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina, or (913) 585-3652 for the Kill Creek Park Beach or Marina. After Aug. 11, call (913) 686-6030, extension 17 for Kill Creek Park, extension 19 for Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and extension 20 for Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In case of inclement weather, call the beaches and marina 24-hour information line at (913) 312-8847.
And speaking of local aquatics facilities, watch for the anticipated fall opening of the new Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center, which will be operated by JCPRD. This state-of-the-art 53,000-square-foot competitive aquatic facility is located at 17251 W. 87th St. in the heart of Lenexa’s City Center. For information about the opening, as well as programming, hours of information, and employment opportunities, check jcprd.com/SMSDaquaticcenter