|Mildale Farm Community Day set for April 29|
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 JCPRD 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 64 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, which will not be sold on-site.
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.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for the development of Phase I of the Big Bull Creek Park Master Plan is also being planned for 10 a.m. on April 29. This will take place at the nearby site of the future Sunflower entrance to Big Bull Creek Park, located at 20425 Sunflower Road, Edgerton, and will feature a number of local officials from Edgerton, Gardner, Johnson County, and JCPRD.
Initial plans for Phase I of the 1,980-acre future Big Bull Creek Park include a combined park maintenance building and Johnson County Park Police substation to be located just north of the intersection of Four Corners Road and 199th St. Other anticipated amenities include a parking lot, two picnic shelters, a restroom, a discover nature playground, and a three-quarter-mile paved trail on Sunflower Road north of 207th St., and a group campground near 213th St. east of Spoon Creek Road. Officials anticipate an early 2018 completion.
Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St. Officials anticipate a planned maintenance project on 199th Street will begin on April 14. Here’s the latest directions to Mildale Farm from the Johnson County Public Works website.
From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Homestead Lane. Proceed north on Homestead Lane. Turn left onto 199th Street and proceed west 1.6 miles. Mildale Farm will be on the right. From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Sunflower Road and proceed north of Sunflower Road 0.7 miles. Turn left onto to 207th St., and proceed west for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto 8th St. (Edgerton Road) and proceed north 1 mile. Turn right onto 56 Highway and proceed east 1 mile. Turn right onto 199th St. Mildale Farm will be on the left. For the latest roadway information and directions, go to: https://www.jocogov.org/dept/public-works/projects/road-closings.