|Did You Know: The Greatest Diversity of Plants at Shawnee Mission Park occurs at the tiny Ogg Road Prairie?|
Shawnee Mission Park encompasses more than 1,200 acres, but officials believe the park’s greatest plant diversity occurs on an area just short of four acres.
This 3.9-acre plot is known as the Ogg Road Prairie. It is located on a sloped southern exposure on the park’s north side, is punctuated at midpoint by a rocky outcropping, and also encompasses a small pond.A plant inventory conducted by a representative of the Kansas Wildflower Society in 1987 identified about 130 species at the site, excluding grasses and woody plants.
Prairie mangement at the site includes regular workdays in conjunction with KC WildLands to remove invasive species and controlled burns.
Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, and includes acreage in both Shawnee and Lenexa. To get to the prairie, follow Barkley Drive the north side of the lake to Ogg Road and the Prairie is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of the two roads, not far from the tennis courts.