Due to COVID-19, and in keeping with best practices for the continued health of the community, pedestrian gates at four dog off-leash areas operated by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District will be left open beginning Wednesday, March 25, JCPRD officials announced.
This move is being made to eliminate the need for users to touch the gates during the coronavirus pandemic. Patrons should be aware of this change and leash and unleash their dogs further into the park than they normally would.
JCPRD’s Off-leash areas are located in: Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; and the Kill Creek Streamway Park, 33460 W. 95th St. De Soto.
With the exception of Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, where pets are prohibited, dogs can also be walked on-leash in any JCPRD park, but be sure to clean up after your pet.
Through Oct. 31, regular park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. at: Shawnee Mission Park; Heritage Park; Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Lexington Lake Park, 8850 Sunflower Road, De Soto; Big Bull Creek Park, 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton; and Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall, Prairie Village. Hours for Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Other district parks with year-round dawn to dusk hours include: Ernie Miller Park; Sunflower Nature Park, 103rd St. and Edgerton Road, rural De Soto; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th Street, Overland Park; Camp Branch Glade, 175th & Mission Road in Aubry Township; Stilwell Community Park, 207th and Metcalf, Stilwell; and all of the Streamway Park System access points.