The Johnson County Park and Recreation District has been recognized as Corporate Business of the Year by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.
The award was announced during the chamber’s 2020 business awards event, which took place virtually on Nov. 19, in lieu of NEJC’s annual gala.
Community outreach, and offering opportunities to the entire metro area to improve mental health through active, clean, and safe parks during this year’s pandemic are among the meaningful contributions cited by chamber officials.
“JCPRD has been one of the most-needed entities during the pandemic,” the nomination stated. “Visitations to the parks have more than doubled over last year, just in the past few months. They provided daycare via their camps as soon as it was safe to open this summer and when there were few other opportunities in the community. At the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, Johnson County Museum, and KidScape are also open to the public for entertainment. Theatre in the Park provided ‘Movies in the Park’ in the theater bowl for a cost of $1 per person, much like drive-in movies, but providing safe distancing and cheap entertainment for the whole family.”
“Our purpose is the serve the Johnson County community by providing recreation, park, culture, and educational opportunities for citizens and visitors,” said JCPRD Executive Director Jeff Stewart. “JCPRD manages over 10,000 acres of park property throughout all of Johnson County, and we offer over 4,000 programs and events each and every year. During this year, in the midst of a pandemic, we are experiencing record-breaking visitation in our parks and trails. Our team has been incredibly creative in finding new ways to provide our recreation programs, our classes, and our services to the community - some of it virtually - and keep everyone safe. We are incredibly honored and excited about this recognition. We want to thank the awards committee, our board of park and recreation commissioners, our staff, volunteers, and everybody involved in that.”
Other nominees in the Corporate Business category for 2020 NEJC award included AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, IKEA, and Evergy. A recording of the awards presentations can be viewed on YouTube.
Each year, the NEJC Chamber proudly recognizes the successes and outstanding achievements of its members in four categories: Small Business, Corporate Business, Volunteer Service, and Nonprofit Organization. Nominations for The Annual Business Awards are accepted from chamber members. After the nominating period, the members in each category with the most nominations advance to a final ballot. One winner in each category is then determined by the popular vote of chamber members, patrons, and NEJC community members.