September 16, 2001
The farmstead was named after Deanna Rose, the first Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty back in 1985. Her love of family and animals clearly supported the naming of the farmstead in her memory.
The farmstead is only open during warmer weathe from April 1 - Oct. 31 with hours 9am to 5pm daily. During the summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day) the farmstead is open 9am to 8pm daily.
The animals are kept in clean and comfortable areas. The bison are in a large open area and so are the horses and cows. We've watched peacocks fluff their full tail of feathers (the male only as we found out that the female does not have all the beautiful feathers), pigs rolling around in the mud, injured owls and other birds of prey being allowed time for recovery, and all kinds of baby farm animals in the spring.
The petting zoo includes with horses, rabbits, sheep, chickens, ducks and goats. These animals are very, very people friendly and come rushing over when kids enter the petting area. I've had to pick up a crying child several times who has been accidentally frightened by a friendly goat. The staff there is wonderful and the animals are well behaved & very loving.
The farmstead also includes a picnic and play area just outside the entryway. There are also restrooms so I could wash my daughters' hands after all the animal petting before we sat down to eat our family picnic.
From journal Family Fun in Kansas City