|Mildale Farm Community Day set for April 30|
The public will have an opportunity to explore and fish at the Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Mildale Farm property during a Mildale Farm Community Day set for Saturday, April 30.
The five-hour event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property in southwest Johnson County as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres of agricultural property, all of which was purchased by the district in 2005. Visitors will be directed to park in the large lot near Mildale Farm’s main barn.
The public can bring their own bait and tackle and practice catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area. While District fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license.
Arts and crafts activities for kids will take place in the main barn and visitors can explore and picnic on the grounds. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property, the high-quality equestrian-style barn featuring peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor, will be open. Restrooms will be available, but the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event.
Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as other district properties. Among them: no alcohol, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park Police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision. To find this program in the JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under Fun for All and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "family fun."
Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn right to Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm which will be on your right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Exit 205, Homestead Lane. Turn left to Homestead Lane. Turn left on 199th and follow to Mildale Farm which will be on your right.
For more information about this event, call Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.