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Aug 29

Sign up for fall organized group, public, and starlight hayrides before they fill up!

Posted on August 29, 2019 at 11:08 AM by Becky Burnside

For four decades, JCPRD has been providing opportunities to enjoy the crisp fall air with a scenic hayride, followed by an outdoor campfire experience. Since 1980, an estimated 133,000 people have taken part in more than 5,000 hayrides in Shawnee Mission Park, and, since 1992, in Heritage Park as well.

“Our hayrides are unique because they are held in a park setting and they feature a campfire and refreshments of apple cider and marshmallows,” said Outdoor Education Manager Bill McGowan. “It’s a great fall activity for birthday parties, scouts, church groups, family reunions, and neighborhood events.”

JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await! In addition to organized Group Hayrides, two Public Hayrides, and two Starlight Hayrides are also planned this fall. Whichever you choose, be sure to dress for the weather!

Group Hayrides are being scheduled for dates between Sept. 21 and Nov. 24, and take place only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the above timeframe at Oak Ridge Parklands on the north side of Shawnee Mission Park, 7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee; and at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe. 

The cost is $8 per person or a minimum of $90 when there are 12 riders or less. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per ten children is required. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. Hayrides fill quickly, so please call early to assure your choice of dates. For scheduling and 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 offered this fall. One will take place on Sept. 29, while the other is scheduled for on Nov. 3. Both take place on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is also $8 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. 

And if you’d like a hayride with a side of astronomy, two Starlight Hayrides offered in late September for all ages.  These programs give participants an opportunity to enjoy a hayride to and from the viewing site, followed by a campfire afterwards, while also learning about the constellations and the stories that go with them.

Starlight Hayrides are scheduled for Nov. 19 and Nov. 21 at Oak Ridge Parklands, last about two hours, and cost $10 for Johnson County residents or $11 for nonresidents.