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Public invited to TimberRidge Adventure Center Dedication
POSTED: 04/04/2002
A formal dedication of Kill Creek Park's new TimberRidge Adventure Center will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Timber Ridge is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe, accessable via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to the new Kill Creek Regional Park. The dedication ceremony will take place at the Timber Ridge Welcome Center.

TimberRidge Adventure Center is a 200+ acre facility which is adjacent to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's newest regional park, Kill Creek Park. The recently-completed Phase I of TimberRidge development includes a Welcome Center, archery and BB gun ranges, and a series of three ponds which offer canoeing, paddle boating and catch-and-release fishing. Central to the facility is a professionally-certified 22-element challenge/ropes course and 200-foot zip line, which will be used to promote problem-solving and enhance teamwork through safe and challenging situations. TimberRidge Adventure Center will offer a variety of adventure and challenge programming and rental opportunities.

Anticipated speakers for the April 27 dedication will include JCPRD Board Chair Nancy Wallenstein, Director Michael Meadors, and Interpretive Program Manager Bill McGowan, who will share some of the history of the site. Park Naturalist Molly Postlewait will then tell a butterfly legend, followed by a release of about 50 monarch butterflies.

Five different activity stations which visitors can move about at their own pace will be available after the ceremony. At the large pond, canoes will be available for visitors to use. An 18-foot Cheyenne teepee will also be set up in this area to represent the types of outdoor education programs that will be offered at the Center. Inside the Welcome Center, visitors will find refreshments consisting of trail mix and bottled water. The Timber Ridge Adventure Center's Adventure Course - consisting of 22 activity stations and a zip line spread over approximately 25 acres on the ridge south of the pond - will be open for walk-through tours and a zip line demonstration. Animals from the Ernie Miller Nature Center - including birds of prey and live snakes - will be on hand. Visitors can also tour the center's archery and BB-gun ranges.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on the same day, TimberRidge will also be the site of the 2nd annual Galyans Outdoor Skills Day. This event was initiated in 2001 and is being moved from its previous location at Ernie Miller Park. Among the activities planned are shelter making, campfire cooking, archery, and a primitive hunting demonstrations.Some elements of the Adventure Course will also be employed during Outdoor Skills Day activities. The fee for this three-hour program is $5 per person for Johnson County residents or $6 for non-residents and preregistration is suggested. To register, call (913) 831-3355.

The new 850-acre Kill Creek Park opened in November 2001 and is the JCPRD's first regional park to open since Heritage Park in Olathe was dedicated in 1981. The new park will be left largely undeveloped and features magnificent prairie and lowland vistas accessible only by walking trails. The developed portion of the park includes a 26.5-acre lake featuring a swimming beach with a bathhouse and a marina. Other facilities include: four picnic shelters, a playground, a boat ramp, restroom building and 1.25 miles of roads. Also on the property are 3.36 miles of paved multiuse trails.

For more information about the TimberRidge Adventure Center dedication or Galyan's Outdoor Skills Day, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

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