By David Markham
On the west facet of Olathe, JCPRD has a hidden gem of a website for enterprise conferences and retreats.
“One of many nice issues about our website is simply the character that you’re surrounded by,” mentioned Out of doors Journey Specialist Lysa Holladay Dvorak. “We’ve received a gorgeous deck that oversees a pond. It’s received an actual serene, soothing environment to it, and it’s received a small assembly house. Teams can come out and use our house as a small retreat heart the place they’ve the constructing all to themselves. It’s received a extremely vast number of makes use of for staff retreats, so you should use it for a planning periods, or for staff constructing.”
The place known as the TimberRidge Adventure Center, and has really been in operation since 2002. By means of March, the power is providing a 25% low cost on constructing leases.
Some space residents will know TRAC from its annual public open home, held the final Saturday in April, however for essentially the most half, this facility is accessible solely by reservation or as a part of programming, which incorporates youth summer time camps that usually make the most of parts of the close by journey course.
This 200-plus acre facility is adjoining to Kill Creek Park, which JCPRD additionally owns and operates.
TimberRidge features a Welcome Heart, which incorporates a assembly room that accommodates as much as 80 folks, a kitchen, and restroom services. Teams utilizing the middle can have meals catered with no restrictions. Additionally at TRAC is the Whispering Pine Shelter, which has a limestone fire, connected restrooms, and may accommodate as much as 200 folks. This outside shelter overlooks two ponds for photos and a beautiful view.
“If you wish to have a retreat throughout the day and have a contented hour afterwards, you possibly can add an alcohol allow for wine, beer, or champagne, and benefit from the pure environment on the deck earlier than folks head dwelling,” Dvorak mentioned.
Momentary alcohol permits for five.0 beer, wine, or champagne can be found for an extra price with rental of those services.
“We’ve simply readjusted and dropped our pricing by about 15 p.c, so we’re very reasonably priced and properly definitely worth the drive,” Dvorak mentioned. “Folks do understand it as a little bit of a drive, however for a day’s retreat to get your workers out of the workplace, and simply begin interested by issues in a different way, it will get them into a snug, pleasant setting that may be refreshing and rejuvenating so far as producing concepts and stimulating creativity to your firm.”
For much more “inspiration” or team-building enjoyable, a variety of on-site outside actions are provided to boost leases. Mountaineering trails and fishing within the facility’s three ponds are free with a facility rental. TRAC additionally affords separate archery and BB gun ranges, boating (assume canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats), the 40-foot Hawk’s Nest Climbing Tower, or all the problem course, together with an authorized facilitator, for an extra price. Facilities may be combined and matched to fulfill the season or particular group wants.
For extra data or to schedule an occasion at TRAC, submit the TimberRidge Inquiry Form or TimberRidge Rental Request form, or contact Lysa Holladay Dvorak at (913) 856-8849, or Invoice McGowan at (913) 826-2802.
A vacation-related public particular occasion requiring registration is scheduled at TRAC in early December, nevertheless it has stuffed to capability and a ready record is at the moment being taken. This primary-time occasion known as the Family Yule Log Hunt and is for all ages. Collaborating households of as much as 5 folks will embellish their very own yuletide logs, roast and eat scorching canines and scorching cocoa for lunch, after which participate in a seek for their log.
The customized of burning the Yuletide Log goes again to, and earlier than, Medieval occasions. A Yuletide Log is a specially-selected log burnt on a fire as a Christmas custom. Initially a Nordic customized, Yuletide is the title of the outdated Winter Solstice festivals in Scandinavia and different areas of northern Europe.
The fee for this two-hour occasion on Dec. 5 is $25 per household for Johnson County residents or $27 per household for nonresidents.
The TimberRidge Journey Heart is positioned at 12300 S. Homestead Lane, Olathe.