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Public invited to TimberRidge Adventure Center Open House on April 12
POSTED: 03/19/2008
The public can come see and experience the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center during an Open House scheduled for April 12. Also on the same day, a related Open House for the center's 40-foot-tall Hawk's Nest Climbing Tower will give interested parties 12 and older who register in advance a free opportunity to experience the tower's two climbing walls.

The TimberRidge Adventure Center is located at 12300 South Homestead Lane, Olathe, and is a 200+ acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Regional Park, which the District also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in late April of 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Regional Park. With the exception of this annual Open House, the facility is accessible only by reservation or as part of programming.

The TimberRidge Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the Climbing Tower Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The open house events are meant to give visitors an opportunity to explore the facility, which is used primarily for adventure and challenge programming, as well as for rental opportunities for a variety of events, including outdoor weddings, corporate events and picnics, and family reunions.

Open House activities will include: canoeing and pedal boating on Catfish Pond, the largest of TimberRidge's three ponds: and use of the facility's archery and BB gun ranges. With the exception of fishing poles and bait, all equipment will be provided. In addition, the center's trails will be open for hiking and there will be catch-and-release fishing in the ponds, however, participants 16 and older will need a Kansas fishing license. (Licenses will not be sold on-site.) Tours of the professionally-certified 22-element challenge course will also be available throughout the open house. The Challenge Course is central to TimberRidge and is used to promote problem solving, and enhance teamwork through safe and challenging situations.

Those interested in climbing the Hawks Nest Tower on April 12 will be required to complete medical and liability releases prior to participating and children under the age of 18 must have the signature of a parent or guardian. To register for this event, call (913) 856-8849. The tower, which adds high elements to the center's existing Challenge Course, has four high elements including two sides for rock climbing featuring 388 hand and foot holds and panels molded from a cliff on the shores of Lake Superior. Other elements, which can be seen from the ground but will not be available for use during the Open House, include a "vertical playpen" which allows for a variety of climbing experiences and a "dangle duo," which is a series of roped-together poles which two people can climb together for a team building experience.

The open house is also an opportunity to give the public a look at two other features of the facility which were completed in early 2006. These include the Whispering Pine Shelter, which can accommodate groups of up to 200 people and offers a limited view of Catfish Pond through the trees. The shelter also features an L-shaped parking lot and fireplace with a limestone veneer. Attached to the shelter are modern restrooms and a storage area. This greatly increases TimberRidge's usability, because previously, the only place potable water and restrooms were available was in the Welcome Center.

The other feature is the large curving deck on the back of the Welcome Center. The deck will accommodate up to 80 people, or about as many as the large room inside. The deck affords nice views of the ponds and grounds.

For more information about the Open House or the TimberRidge Adventure Center, contact Adventure Program Coordinator Lysa Holladay at (913) 856-8849.

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