The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County
7900 Renner Road
Shawnee Mission KS 66219
Access to quality parks
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 826-3424
Mission Statement
To raise funds to support the Johnson County Park and Recreation District(JCPRD) as they enhance the quality of life in Johnson County by providing high-quality parks, services and recreation programs.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Doug Allen
Board Chair Mr. Doug Allen
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
To raise funds to support the Johnson County Park and Recreation District(JCPRD) as they enhance the quality of life in Johnson County by providing high-quality parks, services and recreation programs.
Background Statement
The Park and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County was established in 1977 to support the district with funding to allow acquisition of land and fund growth that was not possible through tax funding. This foundation exists to support the mission and vision of the district and help make the legacy plan a reality for this region.
The District remains the only special park and recreation district in the state. 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.
Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. Currently, JCPRD welcomes 2.8 million visitors, class and event attendees annually. We are in the middle of executing our legacy plan which includes dedication of 4 undeveloped parks, expanding nature based services, and growing programming and partnership through the addition of new facilities. We were National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Finalist in 2017 for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, demonstrating excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices. JCPRD is also accredited with the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), a national agency that measures the overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.
Impact Statement
JCPRD's 4,000 programs/events serve 2.5M annual participations, manages over 9912 acres of parkland and trails. In 2017, JCPRD was named the Gold Medal Winner for excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making it the #1 Park and Recreation District in the country for populations over 400,000.  
  1. Theatre in the Park is one of the outstanding programs that citizens enjoy with the largest outdoor community theatre in the country boasting over 41,000 visitors every summer for performances at  Shawnee Mission Park.  An indoor theatre program is underway with a new indoor stage now open at the Arts and Heritage Center.  
  2. JCPRD is a critical part of the educational support system providing Out of School Time programs and Summer Camps for over 1800 children.  Parents across Johnson County depend on JCPRD to provide academic enrichment for their children when they are at work.  Sites include areas where children plant gardens and prepare their harvest.
  3. 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.
Goals for 2017/2018:
  1. Meadowbrook Park, a former golf course and country club is being transformed into a mixed-use development with an 80-acre park owned and operated by JCPRD, as the result of a collaborative effort involving a municipality, private developer, and JCPRD. 
  2. 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 theater, arts and dance classrooms, and event space, the center fills a void in our community and anticipates 200,000 visitors in its first year of operation.
Needs Statement
  1. As is the case for many organizations, insufficient funding has long been JCPRD's most formidable challenge. Over the past two years, JCPRD has taken aggressive steps to meet that challenge head on, including the commission of an economic benefits study by The Trust for Public Land and development of a comprehensive strategic plan through the year 2030. In the process of completing the two projects, JCPRD not only quantified our value to the community, we also documented the needs and desires of our constituents. The study's findings resulted in greater awareness and support, and ultimately the Board of County Commissioners' approval of a .75 mill increase in our funding, equating to approximately $6.5 million in 2016. While this is a great boost to complete our plan, we still fall short to complete the Legacy Plan without private investment.
  2. Another challenge JCPRD faces is the significant population growth occurring in outlying areas and the need to spread our resources over a broader area. To better prepare for fulfilling our responsibility to provide parks and trails county-wide, a master plan was developed in 2016 for JCPRD's fifth regional park, consisting of approximately 2,000 acres in the southwest section of the county. JCPRD also established development strategies and accelerated timelines in our comprehensive strategic Legacy Plan for other high-growth area park properties that have been previously master planned but yet to be opened.
Service Categories
Parks and Playgrounds
Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
It became evident in 2015 that JCPRD is a true economic engine within our community. The Trust for Public Lands (TPL) completed its study of the economic benefits of Johnson County Park and Recreation District, which showed that JCPRD provides numerous economic benefits to the community, such as increased property values, improved air quality and stormwater management, increased tourism, health care savings, direct use value to residents, and attracting new residents and skilled workers to the community. In all, these benefits were estimated by TPL to contribute nearly $100 million annually to the local economy.
Our accomplishments have positioned us well to continue meeting our mission: “To enhance the quality of life in Johnson County by providing high-quality parks, services, and recreation programs.” We’re proud to serve our community in this manner and thank you very much for your continued support and patronage of JCPRD!
-Jill Geller, Executive Director of JCPRD
Description The Universal Playground will be in 2 park locations (Shawnee Mission Park and Stillwell Community Park) including parent seating, restroom building and parking access that is suitable for children and families with special needs.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Public Parks & Recreational Trails
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
We will provide a new destination for children and families to play, discover and learn. There will be equity in resources and opportunities for children of all abilities.
Long-Term Success
Long term success will provide equity and access to a Universal Playground in 2 park locations (Shawnee Mission Park and Stillwell Community Park) including a picnic shelter, restroom building and parking access that is suitable for children and families with special needs.
This will create an intersection and empathy among and between children of all abilities - creating opportunities to interact and play and create community for parents who often feel isolated in their experience.
Healthy outcomes will improve for children and families as their options for activity expands to these 2 sites.
Program Success Monitored By We will measure success through park attendance, attendance at this playground site, and through anecdotal surveys.
Examples of Program Success This will be the first of its kind therefore this is not yet possible to report.
Description The Theatre in the Park is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country.

Our outdoor amphitheatre is tucked into 10 beautiful acres in Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road. Located just north of I-435 Highway and 87th Street, our facility is easily accessible from anywhere in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The casts from our shows are selected after an incredible weekend of auditions in the spring drawing hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of apsiring actors from our surrounding communities.

The Theatre in the Park is supported by the generosity of many area corporations and foundations that believe like we do that The Theatre in the Park enhances the quality of life in our communities. However, only about 15% - 20% of our operating budget is from tax support and these vital sponsors help finance our program with funds, materials, and/or service contributions. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served Families, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Successful launch of the new black box theatre as a new venue for theater and performances.
Long-Term Success Increased attendance and fundraising to support the long term growth and quality of arts and performances that are accessible to citizens in Johnson County. 
Program Success Monitored By
program attendance
feedback from actors participating in the shows
feedback from participants in our classes and workshops 
Examples of Program Success opening of  the new Black Box Theatre at the Arts and Hertiage Center which allows us to offer performances at affordable rates all year around.  
Description JCPRD would like to remove the barriers for young girls and boys to participate in athletics through our extensive program offerings.  Participation in extra curricular activities and sports has many long term benefits that impact health, social skills, teambuilding, perseverance, self esteem and many other vital life skills. As poverty increases in Johnson County, we want to help create opportunity for families and youth for whom team sports and youth programs is not possible today.  
Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increase fundraising activity towards this important need. 
Long-Term Success
1) Form strategic partnerships with organizations across Johnson County that can help connect families in need to this opportunity. 
2) Develop fundraising plan to help build a sustained giving plan to support the ongoing opportunity for team sports. 
3) Develop a reasonable screening process that confirms needs but is not too cumbersome to prevent participation. 
Program Success Monitored By
Fund Development Director
Superintendent of Recreation  
Examples of Program Success
Increased number of kids involved in team sports and recreation programs
Anecdotal evidence of the impact/outcomes that child is experiencing as a result of this program
CEO Comments 2017 has been an outstanding year, winning the Gold Medal for excellent in Park and Recreation Management.  We have also mad much progress on our Legacy Plan, taking care of our existing assets and opening new parks and facilities.  Having been created by the Kansas Legislature in 1955, JCPRD has a long and rich history.  We have opened Lexington Lake Park The Arts and Heritage Center, including the Black Box Theatre, an extension of Theatre in the Park, and the wonderful Johnson County Museum which now offers Kidscape, an interactive and educational space for children in our community.  We invite you to partner with us as we continue to strive for excellence in the Park and recreation services we offer in Johnson County.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Doug Allen
Doug Allen serves as the Board Chair for the Park and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County.
Doug Allen is Chief Information Officer for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He has over 30 years of experience in the Information Services industry in positions as diverse as computer programmer, hardware repair technician and networking engineer. For the past two decades, he has served as President of Allens Consulting, CIO for Pioneer Financial Services, Johnson County Community College and Franklin Savings and Loan.
Doug has published two books, "Learning Guide to the Internet" (Sybex) and "Internet Explorer 5 At A Glance" (Microsoft Press). He recently completed three chapters for the forth-coming "Complete Office Handbook (IAAP). A nationally known lecturer, Doug has developed and delivered over 30 different seminars on Social Networking Strategy, Mobile Technology, Cloud Computing, Presentation Software and Internet Marketing.
A leader in the Kansas City technology community, Doug has been a member of the Silicon Prairie Association, several local user groups and was a founding member and President of ITKC. On the national scene, Doug has served on advisory panels for Microsoft, Compaq, ComputerLand, SCT and others.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Development Director
Title Grant writer/Finance Analyst
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Doug Allen
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Mr. Doug Allen Nelson Atkins Museum
Ms. Marie Blazer Community Volunteer
Mr. Greg Dean Johnson, Ballweg & Modrcin, LC
Ms. Jill Geller JCPRD
Dr. Bill Hoffman Retired Orthodontist
Mr. Bob Maher National Bank of Kansas City
Mr. George Schlagel Schlagel Long LLC
Mr. Jeff Stewart JCPRD
Ms. Nancy Wallerstein Community Advocate
Ms. Joan Barkley Wells Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $962,112
Projected Expenses $962,112
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$82$56,380$2,633
Administration Expense$1,227$1,273$1,213
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses29.670.54129.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses6%98%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,548,803$2,529,502$2,477,316
Current Assets$455,657$794,873$791,669
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$14,075$0
Total Net Assets$2,548,803$2,515,427$2,477,316
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--56.47--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Organization Comments Our challenges with our foundation is to create awareness that we exist and professionalize several aspects of the organization including a web presence, online giving, and assets to clearly convey our goals and the impact a donor can make in their community.  We look forward to growing our planned giving efforts as well to provide a meaningful legacy for citizens in Johnson County. 
Organization Name The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County
Address 7900 Renner Road
Shawnee Mission , KS 66219
Primary Phone (913) 826-3424
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Doug Allen
Board Chair Mr. Doug Allen
Year of Incorporation 1977