The Shawnee Mission Park Marina will begin weekend operations on May 1 and 2. This facility, as well as the Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and the beach and marina operations at Kill Creek Park will all open for the summer season beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
The good news is that capacity limits have been lifted and patrons will be able to walk up to the facilities this summer, although reservations are still recommended for the very busy Shawnee Mission Park Marina.
“We are excited to return to our normal scheduled hours of operations for these facilities and we will continue to follow the recommendations of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.” said Aquatics Manager Marshall McKinney. “At the marina, patrons can come in person, but because there is often such a high demand, we highly recommend that they make reservations online in advance.”
Weekend hours at the Shawnee Mission Park Marina are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the last rentals each day at 5:30 p.m. The marina offers boat rentals, including canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, and paddleboards.
McKinney noted that because of their popularity, for 2021, the marina has doubled the number of stand up paddleboards from 10 to 20.
Shawnee Mission Park Marina accepts credit cards, but not checks. Rental rates and a link to make reservations can be found at JCPRD.com/1472/Shawnee-Mission-Park-Marina
After May 29, Shawnee Mission Park Marina will be open daily with 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. hours. That is also the start date for the Kill Creek Park Marina
, which will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, also through Aug. 8. The Kill Creek Park Marina rents the same watercraft listed above, and accepts cash only. Reservations are not available at the Kill Creek Park beach or marina.
Please note that both facilities are offering one-hour boat rentals with 30-minutes in between rentals to allow staff to sanitize boats and equipment prior to their next use. Physical distancing will also be encouraged. Walk-ins should expect it to take about 30 minutes to check them into the system.
Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park beaches also open for their summer season on May 29, Regular beach hours at Shawnee Mission Park are noon to 6 p.m. on every day of week except Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the beach closes at 5 p.m. At Kill Creek Park, beach hours are noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The KCP beach is closed on Mondays through Wednesdays.
At both beaches, regular daily beach admission rates for children 12 and under and adults 60 and older 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. Kill Creek Park Beach accepts cash only.
For 2021, the Shawnee Mission Park Beach will again be offerings weekly opportunities for open water swim training, which will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Advanced online registrations are required and can be made online or at the Shawnee Mission Park Beach.
“We’re serving a population that we weren’t able to serve last year,” McKinney said of the open water opportunities. “With triathlons and other races having record numbers, we are excited to offer this opportunity to our community again.”
At all four facilities, the 2021 summer seasons will end on Aug. 8, however, the Shawnee Mission Park Marina will continue to operate of weekends through Sept. 6.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee and Lenexa. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.
For more information about JCPRD marinas please see JCPRD.com/marinas
, for beaches please see JCPRD.com/beaches