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All aboard the We-Go-Swing.  Wheelchair users will appreciate this addition in Merriam Park

Merriam’s new We-Go-Swing has arrived at Chatlain Park, so people in wheelchairs can swing with others without leaving their chair.

The swing allows cyclists, including those in wheelchairs, to cooperate to move the device. Other adaptive swings require people to leave their wheelchairs to board the swing, the city said.

At the time of going to press, a ribbon cut on June 10 was scheduled at the park, 6300 Carter Ave., marking the first day of play.

Leak closes two Prairie Village pools

Prairie Village closed its adult and knee pools on June 4 so repairs could be made to the leaky piping system shared by the two pools.

The city said a repair was carried out earlier this year after extensive testing showed an obvious leak under the adult pool in a supply pipe. But that pool was down 13 inches when teams arrived for water tests on May 30 over Memorial Day weekend.

“This leak is now larger than what we have experienced in the past, and it is not a leak to which we can continue to add water in order to keep the pools open all summer,” said the city in a press release.

Crews had to dig 10 to 12 feet to isolate the piping and determine the cause of the leak. The shutdown was to last for the duration of the repair, which had not been determined at the time of going to press.

The aquatic complex, at 7711 rue Delmar, also includes a fun pool, a paddling / baby pool and a diving pool.

The recreational trail opens in Lenexa

Lenexa has now completed the Lackman Trail, which safely connects several city parks and complements the Mill Creek trail system.

The new 10-foot-wide trail follows Lackman Road from Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park south to 95th Street, then west along 95th to Loiret Boulevard.

Construction on the $ 2.5 million project began in the spring of 2020. To limit deforestation, utility relocations and temporary easements, a retaining wall was built in parts of the project.

The new trail connects four Lenexa parks: Sar-Ko-Par Trails, Bois D’Arc, Tamaris and Electric. A pedestrian crossing has been built on Lackman between the Sar-Ko-Par trails and the Bois D’Arc parks.

SM Northwest wins the academic decathlon

Shawnee Mission Northwest High School won first place in this year’s Kansas Academic Decathlon competition.

The team – Captain Jesse DeBok, Ryan Beck, Varshini Murugesh, Christopher Ramsey and Jacob Sell – were tested in the categories of art, music, economics, math, literature, science and social science. Students also gave speeches, wrote an essay and participated in an interview.

The theme for this year was the Cold War.

Retired Shawnee Chef Gets New Job

Retired Shawnee Police Chief Rob Moser will start a new job on July 1: Safety and Transportation Coordinator for De Soto School District. Moser left the Shawnee Police Department early last year after nearly three decades there.

The magic show is coming to Prairiefire

Las Vegas illusionist Greg Gleason now puts on magic shows at the Prairiefire Development near 135th Street and Nall Avenue in South Overland Park.

The 90-minute performances, which began June 4, begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sundays in the Gleason Magic Experience, an 84-seat theater next to the Brass Onion restaurant. . You must be 21 to attend the 9 p.m. shows, but Sunday mornings are family friendly.

Gleason attended Topeka High School and worked at a Kansas City nightclub in the mid-1980s. Prairiefire’s performances include demonstrations of magic, mind reading, and gambling that casinos do not allow. Las Vegas. Members of the audience can get a good look at what Gleason is doing on a big screen behind him.

Tickets are available at

The museum offers friendly sensory Mondays

The Johnson County Museum has launched Sensory Friendly Mondays, a list of programs aimed at making the museum accessible to more individuals and families.

From 9 a.m. to noon on the first Monday of the month, the museum now offers limited-occupancy sessions designed specifically for children with differences in sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders.

On these days, the KidScape interactive historical exhibit, along with other programs, will be presented in a comfortable, low-sensory manner. The initiative was developed with support from Britain Development, a program of AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.

Due to the July 4th holiday, the next sensory friendly Monday is July 12th. Learn more and register at The museum is located in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave. at Overland Park.

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