SMP & Stilwell Inclusive Playground Project

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) is excited to announce the development of its first inclusive playgrounds. In the fall of 2017, JCPRD began planning for construction of one playground in Stilwell Community Park and another in Shawnee Mission Park (SMP).    

Inclusive playgrounds enable all children to play together without physical or social barriers. Inclusive playgrounds are new to the JCPRD system, but are not to the Kansas City metro area. Each playground will have a unique design and offer a new play experience that children, parents, and caregivers in Johnson County will enjoy again and again.  
Shawnee Mission Park inclusive playground

Steering Committee

JCPRD organized a Steering Committee made up of a wide range of Johnson County stakeholders. The group gathered in early August 2017 as part of a two-day, intensive design workshop lead by Vireo, a Kansas City based landscape architecture firm. The Steering Committee identified goals, key design elements, and features as they developed playground concepts.Inclusive Play Steering Committee


Access Ramps

Adaptive Swings

Low Platforms

Sensory Area

Smooth Surfaces

Thrill Hill

Toddler Multi-Play

Water Mister

Funding Partners

Helen S Boylan Foundation

John and Marny Sherman

Royals Charities

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation

Sunderland Foundation

Overland Park South Rotary Club

ReeceNichols Real Estate (Stilwell Community Park)

McKee Foods (Shawnee Mission Park)

OP South Rotary Check Presentation