A plan to charge admission at Overland Park’s Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead probably will be broadened to include everybody.
A City Council committee generally likes the idea of charging $2 admission for everyone and not just nonresidents as originally suggested. Children under 2 would be free.
But admission would only be charged Friday through Sunday, when farmstead traffic is heaviest. The farmstead would be free to the public Monday through Thursday.
City Council members also want two weekend days a year when admission would be free. Those dates have yet to be determined.
The city has been looking at charging admission to the farmstead as a way to curb the mushrooming attendance that could dampen enjoyment of the park.
Opened in 1978, the 12-acre park has emerged from little more than a petting zoo to a major Kansas City area attraction with more than 400,000 visitors a year. Farmstead attendance rivals Union Station and the Kansas City Zoo.
City staff is drafting a resolution and expects to take it to a City Council committee early next month. The committee has to sign off on the plan before it goes to the full council for final approval.