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Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a hayride in the park
POSTED: 08/28/2012
Enjoy the crisp autumn air and some beautiful scenery on a hayride this fall in Shawnee Mission or Heritage parks. You can organize and reserve your own Group Hayride or simply join the fun on one of two Public Hayrides we already have scheduled. Either way, your journey will end with a warm campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await!

The hayrides in Shawnee Mission Park will feature a new location this year – the Oak Ridge parklands located on a ridge west of Ogg Road on the north side of the park. The area includes about 360 acres of spectacular scenery featuring wildflower meadows surrounded by hardwood forest.

"All in all, it's going to be an improvement over our previous route because we'll be avoiding roadway traffic in Shawnee Mission Park and it's probably an area that not very many individuals have seen before," said JCPRD Park Police Officer Richard Niemann, who coordinates district hayrides. "The views down the valley from Oak Ridge are fantastic and the wildlife is more prevalent than it was along the roadways in Shawnee Mission Park."

Our hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately 60 minutes, and are followed by a 60-minute campfire. The cost of a Group Hayride is $6 per person or a minimum of $65 when there are ten riders or less. A $30 deposit is due at the time the reservation is made and is applied toward the full amount due. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.

Reservations are now being taken for Group Hayrides scheduled between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18. They are offered seven days a week in Shawnee Mission Park during that timeframe and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Heritage Park. Reservations for the Group Hayrides must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. The hayrides fill quickly, though, so please be sure to call early to assure your choice of dates. To schedule a hayride or for more information, call (913) 831-3359.

For individuals or families wishing to participate in a hayride without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit, two Public Hayrides are also being offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 23, while the other will take place on Nov. 4. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Oak Ridge site in Shawnee Mission Park.

The cost of the Public Hayride is $6 per person and preregistration is required. To register for either of the Public Hayrides, call (913) 831-3359 or go to the Register Here page at and search for program barcode 9462 (for the Sept. 23 hayride) or barcode 9463 (for the Nov. 4 hayride).

The parking area for the hayrides in Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7460 Ogg Road in Shawnee. It can be reached from either Midland Drive to the north or from 79th Street within the park just north of the swimming beach.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road in Olathe. The hayrides in Heritage Park will leave from Shelters 2 and 3 located on the west side of the lake at 14304 W. 160th Street.

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