Company hopes to open dinosaur adventure park in Derby

DERBY, Kan. – A company is hoping to open a dinosaur adventure park in Derby.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that Field Station: Dinosaurs wants to replicate its park on the East Coast on the north side of the city.

The $39 million park would include life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a three-dimensional theatre, dig site and an interactive paleontology lab among. It may also have a zip line, ropes course, miniature golf, and overnight sights for glamping, short for glamorous camping.

Guy Gsell, executive producer of Field Station: Dinosaurs, said Derby’s site would have an overall theme of “American Dinosaurs.” It would include dinosaurs discovered in Kansas and surrounding states.

The Derby City Council is scheduled to vote on the project later this month. Derby city manager Kathy Sexton says she plans to recommend that the council approve the project.

Mayor Randy White says he values the concerns of some residents who do not like the idea of a dinosaur park and will keep an open mind about the idea.

White said, “like it or not, growth creates revenue. All indications are that it would be financially profitable for the city.”

Sexton said she, White and two city council members visited the company’s dinosaur park in New Jersey last year.

“The kids were having fun and using different senses in this interactive-type learning,” Sexton said. “It’s really something new and different than what people around here are used to.”

The state must also approve the plans.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,