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Ready for an Expedition?

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 8:48 AM by Kristy Bansemer

Who’s ready to go on a scientific expedition right here in Derby? You’ll have your chance at Field Station: Dinosaurs. This low-tech park (as in, let’s get hands on vs looking at screens) is scheduled to break ground this Fall north of Patriot Ave. near the Rock Road water tower and open in Summer 2018. Here are a few updates on the project:

What is Field Station: Dinosaurs?

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class dinosaur exhibition and family attraction designed with a firm foundation in the world of science. There is one other Field Station: Dinosaurs open in the world, located in New Jersey.

When will the park break ground?
Guy Gsell, Executive Producer of Field Station: Dinosaurs, hired WDM Architects and plans to break ground on the new 14-acre park this fall. Currently, infrastructure work is underway at the site to install water and sewer lines and construct a street to access the park and a planned hospital.

How is the park being paid for?

The park is funded through private investments along with Sales Tax Revenue (STAR) Bonds.
STAR Bonds provide Kansas municipalities the opportunity to finance development of major commercial, entertainment and tourism areas and use the sales tax revenue generated by the development to pay off the bonds. The Kansas Department of Commerce approved $18.9 million in STAR bonds in October 2016. This development will NOT increase the taxes you pay in Derby.

What will be at the park?
  • Full-sized animatronic dinosaurs and a fossil dig site
  • Tri-level ropes course built under a dome so it can be used year-round (first of its kind in North America)
  • Paleo Golf themed 18-hole miniature golf course with each hole depicting an historic dinosaur
  • Daily live shows and performances with park guides and dinosaurs
  • Open-air amphitheater
  • Fitness trail
  • Gift shop and concession stand
Who will go to Field Station: Dinosaurs?
The park will be targeted to families with children between the ages of 3 and 11. Programming will serve students from pre-k through 8th grade, summer camp groups, school groups, and daycare centers. The park will also provide unique job opportunities for teens and college-aged adults.

Learn more about the park and get updates at www.derbyweb.com/dino.

Kristy Bansemer
Director of Communications, City of Derby

Published in the Derby Informer on June 7, 2017.