The 12 acre Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, Kansas has farm animals, birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, nature trail, Kanza Indian display, one room country schoolhouse, playgrounds, fishing pond, horse drawn wagon rides, and pony rides. The Farmstead began as a petting zoo in 1978, and was renamed in 1985 to honor Deanna Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty. One of the popular new attractions is a large prairie dog display.
I liked the Deanna Rose complex best in the 1980s, it was a fun place and focused more on the animals. But the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead Park was a big success and more and more people visited, and other people saw this as a place for memorials to their loved ones. Today, Deanna Rose is becoming more of an agricultural theme park which grows bigger each year.
Up until 2010, admission to Deanna Rose was free. Admission is now $2 for everyone age 2 or older, but expect to spend about $10 a person on activities such as wagon rides, mining, pony rides, pygmy goat feeding and fishing. One hour tours are available for groups of 20 - 30 people. Or book one of the many party corrals for groups up to 40 people.
A summer house and other out buildings such as a chicken
coop, root cellar and privy are coming to the Deanna Rose Farmstead soon.
L-7/09. copyright 2006-2010 by Keith Stokes