The TimberRidge Adventure Center is located at 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe, and is a 200-plus acre facility adjacent to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD also owns and operates. TimberRidge, which was dedicated in 2002, is accessible via an entrance which is separate from and south of the main entrance to Kill Creek Park. With the exception of this annual event, 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 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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: kayaking, 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 for ages 8 and older. Cops-n-Bobbers, a local non-profit organization with the goal of bringing kids, police, and the community together for educational and fun community events, will have a mobile station with rods, reels, and bait available, or you can bring your own. All ages are welcome to participate in the Family Fun Treasure Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Representatives of the Northwest Consolidated Fire District will be onsite with a fire truck, and will be teaching hands only CPR. The agency met its goal of teaching this life-saving technique to 50,000 residents in 2017, and is continuing to teach it and explain how chest compression only CPR really does make a difference and saves lives. Staff from several of JCPRD’s programs will be on site including: 50 Plus , Children’s Services, the Mill Creek Activity Center and the gymnastics program, JCPRD job opportunities, and the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County. In addition, the Johnson County Extension office will master naturalists on hand to talk about invasive plants in the area.
In addition, the center’s trails will be open for hiking and fishing in the ponds is allowed. anglers are allowed to take fish from the ponds as long as they are following state creel and length limits. While JCPRD fishing permits have been waived for this event, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, which will not be sold on-site.
The Challenge Course is central to TimberRidge and is used to promote problem solving, and enhance teamwork through safe and challenging situations. The activities at 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. Participants will be required to complete medical and liability releases prior to participating, and those under 18 will also need the signature of a parent or guardian. To register, call Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.
The open house is also an opportunity to give the public a look at two other features of the facility including the Whispering Pines Shelter, which can accommodate groups of up to 200 people and the large curving deck on the back of the Welcome Center which can accommodate up to 80 people.
This event is held in conjunction with Outdoor Kansas Kids Day. Started in 2001, this program is an initiative of Kansas Wildscape to provide multiple outdoor recreation opportunities for Kansas youth with adult partnering and mentoring to encourage outdoor recreational opportunities, and promote and provide an active lifestyle as an alternative to sedentary activities. The program covers the entire state of Kansas and involves Kansas State Parks as well as other organizations and venues such as city and county park and recreation departments.
For more information about the open houses or the TimberRidge Adventure Center, contact Outdoor Adventure Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849.