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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Construction of new restroom at Shawnee Mission Park’s dog off-leash area begins soon

Two dogs

Construction of a new restroom building at the dog off-leash area in Shawnee Mission Park is expected to get under way in early October, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials announced.

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Posted on: September 28, 2020

Applications accepted for CARES Act-funded subsidies for JCPRD school-age remote learning and child

Learning Hub - JCAHC

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners have awarded CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funds, which will subsidize Johnson County Park and Recreation District school-age remote learning and child care programs. 

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Join JCPRD ribbon cutting events to open two new facilities on Oct. 17 and 24

Scissors cutting a ribbon

Two ribbon cutting events for new facilities are being planned by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for mid- and late October. These include an Oct. 17 ribbon cutting for Arthur and Betty Verhaeghe Park, and an Oct. 24 ribbon cutting for the...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Project to remove and replace three shelters in Shawnee Mission Park to begin week of Sept. 21

Shelter 5 at Shawnee Mission Park

Three picnic shelters located near the north shore of Shawnee Mission Park Lake are closing for demolition and replacement, which could take up to six months, according to Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials.

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Enjoy Kansas City Symphony concerts in Johnson County parks

KC Symphony Logo

The first of 14 free outdoor chamber music concerts performed by various ensembles of Kansas City Symphony musicians at Johnson County Park and Recreation District parks and facilities will take place on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17, in Heritage Park...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Reserve your 2020 Fall Group Hayride now for best choice of dates

Hayrides

Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and conclude with a warm campfire where apple cider and...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Mill Creek Streamway Park access point closed beginning Sept. 1

Trail Construction NF

A roughly 1.25-mile section of the Gary L. Haller in the Mill Creek Streamway Park will be closed for a maintenance project, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials announced. 

The closure begins Tuesday, Sept. 1, and involves the cl...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Hear from a rollercoaster enthusiast during museum’s virtual History on Tap session on Oct. 1

Rollercoaster (1)

Learn more about how rollercoasters got started and why people like them so much during a virtual History on Tap program being presented by the Johnson County Museum in early October. 

This one-hour program, called History on Tap: Ups, Downs, Loop...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

New Outdoor Pickleball Tournament set for Oct. 2 at Meadowbrook Park

50 Plus Pickleball Tournament

A new early October outdoor 50 Plus Pickleball Tournament was recently announced and will take place at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. Social distancing and COVID-19 safe prac...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Next Kids' Day Out program at Mill Creek Activity Center set for Oct. 2

Kids Day Out MCAC

Kids’ need a break too! Children ages five to 12 are invited to enjoy fun activities during a Kids’ Day Out program planned in early October at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Mill Creek Activity Center in S...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

JCPRD gymnastics offers coed cartwheel clinic on Oct. 2

Cartwheel

It’ll be all about cartwheels during a coed skill clinic being offered in early October by the gymnastics department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be observed during this...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Ukulele program for ages youth starts Oct. 3 at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

Ukulele

Children ages eight to 12 can learn the fundamentals of playing the ukulele during a program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District beginning in early October.

This program is called Mahalo! Ukulele Fun, and is for ages eight to 1...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Evening Kayak excursion for beginners offered on Oct. 3 in Shawnee Mission Park

Evening Kayaker

Adults can enjoy an evening on the water kayaking around Shawnee Mission Park Lake during a program being offered in early October by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be observed during ...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Virtual Aging Mastery class offered for 50 Plus beginning Oct. 7

Aging Mastery Program Logo NF

A comprehensive and fun approach to living that celebrates the gift of longevity is what participants will find in a program being offered beginning in early October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Free Virtual Live Well Age Well event for 50 Plus is Oct. 8 & 9

LWAW Virtual Logo

Focus on ways to help live your life well during two days of live virtual sessions when the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department presents a modified version of its annual Live Well Age Well special event in early-Octo...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Animal Tales Storytime sessions continue on Oct. 8 and 22

Animal Tales

“Fox’s Tale” and “Who’s There?” are the themes of October Animal Tales Storytime sessions being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Outdoor Education Departme...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Worm Bin Workshop offered on Oct. 8 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

worms in dirt

Discover the fun of making organic fertilizer inside your home with vermiculture, during a Worm Bin Workshop being offered in early October by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, O...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

“The Happy Man and his Dump Truck” is subject of next museum Retro Storytime program on Oct. 14

NF - MUSEUM - Retro Storytime (1)

Parents and their preschoolers will love stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House during a series of programs being offered monthly through December at the Johnson County Museum. Physical distancin...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Take a “Tour of Roses” during new virtual program on Oct. 13

Orange rose

Take a virtual tour of the Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden, located in Kansas City, Mo., during a virtual program being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This new program is called Tour of Roses, and will...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Self-Defense Program for Ages 12 and older to be presented by The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation

TAKE Foundation Self-Defense

A self-defense program meant to help women and girls fight the kind of violence which killed a 19-year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County is being offered in early October at the Joh...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Next Nature Time Yoga session set for Oct. 15 at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Nature Time Yoga

Encouraging creativity, coordination, and enhancing awareness of the natural world are goals of a popular standalone yoga program for young children and a parent or guardian being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District at the Ernie Mil...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Chili is theme for next social event bingo program for 50 Plus on Oct. 15

Bowl of chili

Celebrate the changing of the seasons meeting new friends over a mild chili, salad, and cinnamon roll dinner during a special event bingo presentation planned in mid-October by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Phy...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Learn about the “Power of Pets” during new virtual program on Oct. 15

Dog and cat

Pet lovers know that nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. Learn more about the importance of animal companions during a virtual program being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District....

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Two sessions of in-person Travel Show for 50 Plus set for Oct. 21

50 Plus Travel Show

Upcoming travel opportunities being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District will be previewed during two sessions of an in-person travel show in late October. Physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices wil...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Co-ed Ninja Training Camp gymnastics program for ages 6-12 begins Oct. 23

Girl balancing a plate with a pool noodle

Two hours of ninja fun are in store for children enrolled in a gymnastics program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in late October. Physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be observed during this program.

The pr...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Trick-or-Cache offered on Oct. 23 in Antioch Park

Family using a GPS unit

Try out a new outdoor family activity this Halloween the entire family will enjoy, during a program being offered in late October by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Physical distancing and COVID-19 safe practices will be observed during t...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Orienteering workshop for ages 16 and older offered on Oct. 24

Orienteering map and compass

Do you enjoy hiking cross-country, but fear losing your way? If so, join the Johnson County Park and Recreation District for a Map and Compass Orienteering Workshop beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kan...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Show your artistry and have fun during new Chalk the Walk – Halloween Edition program

Sidewalk chalk

Ghosts, goblins, Jack-O-Lanterns, and pretty much anything that makes you think of Halloween are fair subject matter for a new and recently-announced sidewalk chalk event being planned during the last week of October by the Johnson County Park and Recreat...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Learn about the “The Lifestyle of Aviation” during new virtual program on Oct. 27

Airplane

Ever thought about traveling by small plane but thought it was out of reach? Learn more about the aviation lifestyle during a virtual program being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

This new program is c...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Explore the Four Pillars of Wellness during new virtual series beginning Oct. 27

Morning Flow Yoga

In today’s diet-crazed world full of fads and trends, it can be difficult sorting out how to lead a healthy life. A new series of virtual programs being offered by the Corporate and Community Wellness Department of the Johnson County Park and Re...

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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Explore the “Spooky Skies” during new virtual program on Oct. 28

Stars at night

Take a tour of fall skies during a virtual program being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. 

This new program is called Astronomically Speaking - Spooky Skies, and be presented by Jackie Beucher f...

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JCPRD News Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2020

SMSD Aquatic Center reopens, now taking registrations for late October swim lessons

Swim lesssons

After being closed since late March because of COVID-19, the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center in Lenexa City Center reopened on Sept. 21, and is now taking registrations for youth swim lessons set to begin in late October. Physical distancin...

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