History & Timeline

Animals at the FarmsteadFarmstead Timeline

1971 - Overland Park purchased land that would become the Farmstead, then known as Community Park.

1974 - The local chapter of Beta Sigma Pi dedicated the future Farmstead site in Community Park.

1976 - Major fundraising and planning for the Farmstead began.

1978 - The Farmstead opened Memorial Day weekend with two miniature horses, two Shetland ponies, nine goats, six sheep, three calves, a dozen chickens, a vegetable garden and a silo slide and shaded seating area. The Farmstead served 11,000 visitors its first year

1985 - On May 27, 1985, the Farmstead changed its name to Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, in memoriam of Deanna Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty.

1988 - The east entrance waterfall was completed.

1993 - Horse drawn wagon rides were offered at the Farmstead for the first time.

1996 - Friends of the Farmstead was established as the not-for-profit group which would help raise funds for future projects and programs at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.

1999 - The City of Overland Park finalized plans for the Farmstead Expansion project.

2000 - The Fishing Shack and Grandpa Bob's Fishing Pond opened to the public.

2001 - Pony rides started.

2002 - Helen's Country School and party corrals arrived at the Farmstead.

2003 - The Kanza Indian Encampment opened.

2004 - The Prairie Playground and Dominic's Water feature created new places for children to play.

2005 - The Pavilion, Beverly's Butterfly Garden and the Kiwanis's Repose Garden Area opened.

2006 - Pygmy Goat Feeding and the Tractor Track became the newest activities for guests to enjoy.

2007 - The Dairy Barn and Cinemoo Theater opened.

2009 - The new entrance building opened.

2010 - Ben's Bank, the beginning of the Farmstead's Main Street Expansion, was added and the Discovery Passbook Program began.

2011 - Alex and Emily's Ice Cream Parlor, Vic's General Store and Gayle's Exploration Outpost opened at the Main Street Expansion.

2014- John’s Blacksmith Shop, Ray’s Barber Shop and Pat’s Photography Parlor opened.

Who Was Deanna Rose?

Officer Deanna Sue RoseThe Children's Farmstead was renamed in 1985 to honor Deanna Sue Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in the line of duty.

In January, 1985, Deanna was injured when a suspect she was trying to arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated knocked her to the ground and ran her over. She died two days later from her injuries.

Officer Rose is the only Overland Park police officer, and the first woman officer in the State of Kansas, to die in the line of duty. She received an award for valor posthumously from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police.

Prior to working for Overland Park, Officer Rose graduated Cum Laude from Wichita State University in criminal justice and was a member of the San Diego County Sheriff's Office.

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead serves as a permanent and living reminder of Officer Rose's love for animals and her zest for life.