Public invited to TimberRidge Adventure Center Open House on April 26

The public can come see and experience the Johnson County Park & Recreation District's TimberRidge Adventure Center during an Open House scheduled for Saturday, April 26. 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-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 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: 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 (participants in these last two activities must be at least eight years old). Cops-n-Bobbers, a local nonprofit 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. This self-guided program will begin at the facility's Welcome Center where participants can pick up a brochure and then head off to about five activity stations, where they can take part in fun activities such as fishing, canoeing, and archery.

In addition, the center’s trails will be open for hiking and there will be catch-and-release fishing in the ponds, however, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. (Licenses 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.

Those interested in climbing the Hawks Nest Tower on April 26 will need to register in advance by calling (913) 856-8849 and will be required to complete medical and liability releases prior to participating. Children under the age of 18 must also have the signature of a parent or guardian. Climbing enrollment is limited to 40 people and typically fills quickly.

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.

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

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