“A Day in the Park” special event returns to JCPRD parks on June 1

A free, day-long celebration of our community's trails, parks, and recreational spaces first introduced in 2010 is returning in early June. On June 1, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will present A Day In the Park by offering free admission to park beaches, free pedal boat and canoe rentals at Shawnee Mission and Kill Creek park marinas, and by waiving JCPRD fishing permits at Shawnee Mission, Heritage, and Kill Creek parks. A number of other free activities are also planned at Shawnee Mission Park. The June 1 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. The Paws in the Park annual event is part of A Day in the Park as well. This free activity allows pet owners to enjoy a morning at Shawnee Mission Park Beach with their dog, including organized water activities and an opportunity to swim with their dog. Paws at the Park will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

Marina hours on June 1 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 expected, free rentals are limited to 30 minutes per boat. Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park and noon to 6 p.m. at Kill Creek Park.

A JCPRD booth adjacent to the marina parking lot will be the source of information on activities planned at Shawnee Mission Park throughout the day. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., families will have the opportunity to go geocaching with GPS units available for free use. Also during those hours, staff from the Ernie Miller Nature Center will display and give presentations about some of the nature center's animals, and a Johnson County Park Police car will be available to explore and an officer will be on hand to visit with the public. From noon to 3 p.m., the Johnson County Sailing Society will be giving free sailboat rides and demonstrations on Shawnee Mission Park Lake.

For the most up-to-date times and details of all A Day in the Park activities and fun, please visit http://jcprd.com/special_events/dayinthepark.cfm. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.

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