A nationally recognized arboretum in northeastern Kansas will begin charging admission next year.

A nationally recognized arboretum in northeastern Kansas will begin charging admission next year.

Officials of the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens say the popular Johnson County attraction set a record this year with more than 157,000 visitors through November. The previous record was 141,000 set in 2009.

The 300-acre park is operated by the city of Overland Park. The City Council voted in November to charge admission of $3 admission for visitors 13 and older and $1 for children 6 to 12 years old beginning in January. Children 5 and young will still be admitted free.

Admission will also be free for all visitors every Tuesday and two weekends each year.