Board of County Commissioners

Phone: 913-715-0430

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061


Park & Recreation Commission



The Johnson County Park & Recreation District was established by state statute in 1953 and is governed by a seven-member Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. The district comprises over 9,600 acres and attracts over 6.8 million visitations annually. The district also provides over 4,000 fee-supported recreational, cultural, environmental, and outdoor education programs each year that generate more than 2.2 million participations annually. The district operates and maintains nine developed park areas, five future park sites, and a streamway park system. It also manages a variety of facilities and programming sites throughout the county including New Century Fieldhouse, Ernie Miller Nature Center, The Theatre in the Park, TimberRidge Adventure Center, Mill Creek Activity Center, the 22-acre Mildale Farm meeting and event site, three sports and recreation complexes, three senior centers, three early childhood development centers, two 18-hole golf courses, an equestrian facility, and a year-round aquatics facility.


K.S.A. 19-2863 and 19-2859; Resolution No. 008-89

Number of Positions


Meeting Information

3rd Wednesday monthly 7:00 p.m.
Shawnee Mission Park Admin. Building, 7900 Renner Road, Lenexa


If a member name cell is blank, it can mean one of two things:
  • The current position and term are vacant; or,
  • The person who served in the capacity during the term date is still serving until reappointed.

Contact Information

For more information regarding this Board or questions about the roster, contact the Appointment Clerk.


Member NameTerm DateDistrictTerm LengthQualifications
Rubesch, Heather02/01/2022 - 01/31/2025First District3 years 
Rivarola, Leslee02/01/2022 - 01/31/2025Fifth District3 years 
Carlson, Robert02/01/2022 - 01/31/2025Fourth District3 years 
Schlagel, George02/01/2023 - 01/31/2026Sixth District3 years 
Hage, Erik03/09/2023 - 01/31/2026Seventh District3 years 
Ristow, Gary02/16/2023 - 01/31/2026Second District3 years 
Forgy, Daniel*02/04/2021 - 01/31/2024Third District3 years 
(* Member term has expired but is still serving)