Mildale Farm Community Day set for April 27

The public will have an opportunity to fish and explore the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's Mildale Farm property during a Mildale Farm Community Day set for April 27.

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 should 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, anglers 16 and older will still need to have a Kansas fishing license. District officials do not know the full stocking history of the ponds at Mildale, but previous public events have shown that the main pond contains largemouth bass and channel catfish.

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., Edgerton. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Exit 207. Turn left (south) and drive one mile to 199th Street. Turn right and proceed 3.5 miles to the Mildale Farm entrance. From the south, take Interstate 35 North to Exit 202. Turn left on Sunflower and proceed about two miles. Turn right on East Fourth in Edgerton and follow it for about three blocks. Turn right on Highway 56 Highway and make a second right on 199th Street. The farm entrance will be about a quarter-mile ahead on the left.

For more information about this event, call Katie Baergen at (913) 826-2957.

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