Planning for a Responsive, Community-Driven Future: Park District as Ecosystem

  • Client

    Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department (JCPRD)

  • Project Title

    Legacy Plan

  • Location

    Johnson County, KS

  • Size


Fifteen years of change has prompted the need to build a stronger, more focused parks district able to meet the needs of a growing county.

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  • Site

  • Community

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  • On the Books

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Project Type

  • Parks and Open Space
  • Greenways And Trails
  • Planning
  • Placemaking and Branding

The Johnson County of 2015 is a different county than it was when the last comprehensive parks and recreation strategic plan was prepared in 2000. In the 15 years since the MAP 2020 plan, Johnson County has grown not just in total population, but has become a more diverse community with rising interests in natural resources and active living. During this same period, the landscape of parks and recreation within Johnson County has seen a significant evolution both at the municipal and district levels, as well as within the private sector. Throughout this growth, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has remained at the forefront of the field as stewards and recreation service innovators, acquiring environmentally significant land holdings, and providing residents with new and relevant offerings. The JCPRD Legacy Plan seeks to continue these traditions and harness the district’s capabilities to focus the organization’s future and growth on work that is responsive to an evolving Johnson County. Legacy (n): a gift handed down from the past

Read the full JCPRD Legacy Plan on Issuu

"The plan was inspired, at a high level, by biomimicry. Just like an ecosystem, when the core legacy functions of JCPRD operate in concert, the ‘whole’ produces benefits greater than the sum of its parts."

Jay Wohlschlaeger