Message From The Foundation President

As president, it’s my honor to share with you the role and successes of the Foundation. In a very specific way, we exist to make life better for the citizens of the county by providing support for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD). Our support is necessary because District revenues and taxes don't cover 100% of the budget or dreams. Your donations to the Foundation allow us to offer the best parks, cultural offerings and recreation programming to Johnson County.

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The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that cultivates financial support and community engagement through strategic philanthropic initiatives. 

overview and history

Established in 1977, the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County is an independent donor-supported non-profit organization that cultivates financial support and community engagement. The Foundation works to provide opportunities for those who enjoy the District resources and recognizes their contribution to our quality of life in Johnson County and the local economy to financially support continued excellence. 

The Foundation is listed in GuideStar, the online database for prospective donors.

Our Background

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) remains the only special park ad recreation district in the state of Kansas. The first District board was appointed in January 1955. The board explored available land, and in June 1956, voters approved bonds to purchase the first park properties. The first, 44-acre Antioch Park, was dedicated and opened in 1958. The second, Shawnee Mission Park, 1,250 acres, was dedicated in 1964. The District currently owns  approximately 9,700 acres. 

JCPRD celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. Currently, JCPRD welcomes 2.8 million visitors, class participants and event attendees annually.  JCPRD is executing the Legacy Plan, which includes the development of 4 parks, expanding nature based services, and growing programming and partnership through the addition of new facilities. JCPRD was recently awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the National Recreation and Park Association in September 2017 for populations over 400K by demonstrating excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices. The agency was also awarded the Gold Medal in 1995.

JCPRD is accredited with the Commission for Accredidation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), a national agency that measures the overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. 

What We've Achieved

  • JCPRD earns the Gold Medal at the 2017 NRPA Awards in New Orleans, LA.

  • Three major parks in development in 2017.

  • The new Arts and Heritage Center now in Overland Park, KS.

  • Letter from the President

  • 2018 in development.


The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County has been reviewed by The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and adheres to all ethical standards for non-profit organizations.