Today marks the first day of fall and what epitomizes the season better than a hayride? Enjoy the crisp autumn air by taking a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or in Heritage Park. Organized hayrides for groups are available through the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and conclude with a campfire where apple cider and marshmallows await.
JCPRD hayrides are tractor-drawn, last approximately one hour, and are followed by a one-hour campfire. The cost is $6.50 per person or a minimum of $75 for a group of 12 riders. There is a maximum of 25 people per wagon and one adult per 10 children is required.
Hayrides are now being scheduled through Nov. 22. Hayrides take place seven days a week at Oak Ridge at Shawnee Mission Park (7460 Ogg Road in Shawnee) and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only at Heritage Park (16050 Pflumm Road in Olathe). Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date of the hayride. 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 being offered this fall.One will take place on Sept. 27, while the other is scheduled on Nov. 8. Both occur on Sundays and begin at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Parklands. The cost is $6.50 per person for a one-hour ride followed by a one-hour campfire. Preregistration is required by calling the scheduling/information phone number or visiting the district's website at jcprd.com, clicking the green “Register for Activities” button and completing a barcode search for 29800 for the Sept. 27 ride or 29801 for the Nov. 8 ride.