Our Vision Statement

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County's efforts will result in expanded opportunities for all individuals to play, learn and explore.

What Is Our Purpose?

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County was established in 1977 to support the Johnson County Park and Recreation District with funding to support the acquisition of land and fund strategic growth that was not possible through tax funding. This foundation exists to provide philanthropic support for the mission and vision of the district and assist in the funding for the Legacy Plan, a reality for this county. 

The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County is to:

  • Develop a shared vision for revenue generation for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
  • Articulate clear strategies to address current and future needs including the Legacy Plan.
  • Set forth a long-term vision and strategic goals and objectives for revenue enhancement.
  • Develop key strategic areas including policy, revenue generation and external relationships.

impact and accomplishments

JCPRD's 4,000 programs/events serve 2.5M annual participations, manages over 9,912 acres of parkland and trails. 

  1. The Theatre in the Park is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country boasting over 41,000 visitors every summer for performances at Shawnee Mission Park. The indoor Black Box Theatre opened in the summer of 2017 at the Arts and Heritage Center.
  2. JCPRD plays a critical role in the educational support system  of Johnson County providing Out of School Time programs and Summer Camps for over 1,800 children annually. Parents across Johnson County depend on JCPRD to provide academic enrichment for their children while they are at work. Sites include areas for classroom and outdoor education programming.
  3. Recently assuming oversight and management of the Johnson County Museum, JCPRD secured $1.9M, of which 48% was through private donations, to construct a 12,500-square-foot exhibit in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center educating the community about the county's history and securing valuable collections space.
  4. JCPRD's desire to increase access to arts within our community and a unique collaboration with Johnson County Government resulted in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. The building, owned by Johnson County Government, is operated and managed by JCPRD per a 10-year agreement. Featuring the museum, black box theatre, arts and dance classrooms, and event space, the centerfills a void in our community and anticipates 200,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

New in 2018

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  1. Meadowbrook Park, a former golf course and country club is being transformed into a mixed-use development with an 80-acre park and __ square foot clubhouse owned and operated by JCPRD. This property is a unique collaborative public and private effort involving a municipality, private developer, and JCPRD.
  2. Big Bull Creek Park - Click here to see the plan! >>
  3. Kill Creek Tower - Click here to see the plan! >>
  4. Dodgetown - Click here to see the plan! >>