A day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks, and recreational spaces first introduced in 2010 is returning in early June, and this year, a Free Day at the Johnson County Museum is being offered on the same Saturday.
On June 2, JCPRD will present A Day in the Park
by offering free admission to Shawnee Mission Park and Kill Creek Park beaches, free canoe, pedal boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park marinas, and by waiving JCPRD fishing permits at Shawnee Mission, Kill Creek, and other parks where fishing is allowed.
“This year’s event is a great opportunity for patrons to enjoy our new beach house at the Shawnee Mission Park Beach, which just opened on May 26,” said JCPRD Superintendent of Recreation Rhonda Pollard. “We started offering this event eight years ago because we wanted to pull in people who had never been to our parks to show them the many amenities we have at Kill Creek and Shawnee Mission parks. Every year we draw new people. They love coming out, getting out on the lake, having a lunch meal that is very inexpensive for their families, and they can spend a couple of hours here at Shawnee Mission Park enjoying the amenities that we have.”
The June 2 date ties into both the JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and district fishing and boating permits are waived, as well as National Trails Day. It should be noted that JCPRD trout permits are still required on this day for those fishing for trout.
Marina hours on June 2 are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park and noon to 6 p.m. at Kill Creek Park. Because of the volume of visitors on this day, free rentals are limited to 30 minutes per boat. Beach hours at both parks on June 2 are noon to 6 p.m.
Park patrons can always bring a picnic lunch to the park, but as part of the A Day in the Park event, concessions will also be available for purchase at Shelter #3 near the marina parking lot from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. JCPRD staff members will be grilling hot dogs, and including them in an inexpensive lunch that includes chips and a bottled water.
A JCPRD booth adjacent to the marina parking lot will be the source of information on JCPRD. The Johnson County Sailing Society will be giving free sailboat rides and demonstrations on Shawnee Mission Park Lake.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. For the latest information on Day in the Park events, visit special events at www.jcprd.com.
The Free Day at the Johnson County Museum
is another great way to celebrate National Trails Day on June 2. Come enjoy the museum, including the 1950s All-Electric House, and the 12,500 square-foot main exhibit titled "Becoming Johnson County," featuring more than 400 objects, and more than 500 photographs. The KidScape experience is a 3,500-square foot area of the museum which lets kids learn about the past through three unique communities. A special temporary exhibit called "Let's Celebrate - Johnson County Museum is 50" will be in the museum's changing exhibit gallery through Aug. 4 and celebrates 50 years of collecting with the museum.
To participate in this event, drop by between 9 am and 4:30 pm on June 2 at the museum, which is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.