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 now all part of the 2,060 acres which make up Big Bull Creek Park, which opened to the public in September 2018. Community Day 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 at 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 My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under special events and then under fun for all.
Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. 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 more information about this event, call Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.