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Jun 01

Marinas and beach open for the summer season

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 3:33 PM by Becky Burnside

In response to COVID-19, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina has modified operations for the 2020 season to encourage physical distancing and a safe environment for visitors and staff. The marina opened daily for the summer season on June 1. The Kill Creek Park Marina is scheduled to open June 20, and the Shawnee Mission Park Beach is expected to open on June 12. Not all of these facilities operate daily throughout the summer, but all will end their regular summer seasons on Aug. 9.  

Hours for the Shawnee Mission Park Marina are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.  Boat rentals will be offered in one-hour increments at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.  Rentals must be completed online in advance at JCPRD.com/marinas, and reservations close one hour prior to the actual rental time. Boat rentals will be offered every other hour to allow an hour in between for staff to sanitize the facility, boats, and equipment. The marina will close at 4 p.m. on July 4 and Aug. 9, which will be the last day of operations for the season.

The Kill Creek Park Marina, which operates out of the Kill Creek Park Beach, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, also through Aug. 9. The marina is closed Monday through Friday. Boat rentals must also be scheduled online in advance. 

Both marinas offer boat rentals including canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and paddle boards. Rental rates are listed at JCPRD.com/marinas.

Other modifications at the marina for the season include one-way walkways to enter and exit the dock, and patrons will be asked to enter and exit the boat without assistance from staff members. 

Shawnee Mission Park Beach will open for its summer season on June 12, and operations have also been modified.  The beach will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and visitors can choose from one of two time blocks offered from noon to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited to 75 visitors per time block to allow for physical distancing. Reservations will need to be completed online in advance. All patrons will be asked to leave the facility once their session has concluded.

The Kill Creek Park Beach will not be open to swimmers this year, and open water swim training will not be offered at either beach this season. 

Regular daily beach admission rates for children 12 and under is $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 ages 60 and older are $4 for Johnson County residents or $4.50 for nonresidents. 

Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.