City of Shawnee

Parks and Rec Month

July is National Parks & Recreation Month! Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery with Shawnee Parks & Recreation and FREE events all month long! Did you know that community play spaces boost positive attitudes toward cultural diversity and reduce feelings of isolation? Or that most Americans spend 5 hours per week participating in fun outdoor activities? How about the fact that 50% of all vigorous exercise in America happens in parks? These are just a few of the many reasons you should get out and DISCOVER Shawnee Parks& Recreation this month! Show us what you discover with the #DiscoverJuly and #shawneeparksandrec!



Wildlifer ChallengeNEW THIS YEAR! Complete the Kansas Wildlifer Challenge and win a Coleman Gear Pack! Complete 15 of 20 outdoor challenges to earn your Gear Pack! You will track your completed challenges via photos and The Wildlifer Website or the Wildlifer App (Google Play or Apple). How many of these challenges can you complete in Shawnee Parks?! Catch a frog at Monticello Springs Park, Pack a Picnic at West Flanders Park, or Wet a Line at our Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 28th at Erfurt Park!

Did you fall just short of the 15 challenges in July? The Wildlifer Challenge is sponsored by Kansas Wildscape and available throughout the year!
Yoga in the Park- July 11
Yoga in the ParkJoin Diane Doolin from Reach into Wellness LLC on Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Erfurt Park, 24255 W 71st St, for a FREE "Sunset Stretch" in a beautiful park setting. This practice is great for beginners, and a nice "recovery" workout for athletes. Please bring a mat and water bottle. For more information contact Matt Mann, (913) 742-6405
Touch-a-Truck- July 18th
Touch a TruckFire trucks and tractors and bobcats, oh my! Bring your little ones to Herman Laird Park, 11600 Johnson Drive, on Wednesday, July 18th from 5:00-7:00pm for our annual Parks & Recreation month FREE Touch-a-Truck! We'll have popsicles to cool you off as you work up a sweat climbing in and out of these big rides! For more information contact Kate Kinkaid, 913-742-6403.
Dive in Movie- July 14
Paddington 2Join your family, friends, and neighbors for this year's Dive-In Movie Night on Saturday, July 14th at the Soetaert Aquatic Center, 13805 Johnson Drive. This FREE event will begin at 8:00 p.m. Bring your own flotation device or use ours and get ready to watch Paddington 2 under the stars.
Fishing Derby- July 28
Fishing DerbyGrab your fishing pole and join us on Saturday, July 28th at Erfurt Park, 24255 W. 71st St! Check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Children ages 5-15 are invited for a morning of fishin' in the park! For more information, contact Matt Mann, 913-742-6405.