Anyone with children knows how mysterious and awe-inspiring dinosaurs can be. After 65 million years of extinction, dinosaurs could be “walking” once again in Derby if a partnership with Field Station: Dinosaurs is approved by City Council.
Field Station: Dinosaurs, according to the company’s proposal, is a “world-class” dinosaur exhibition and attraction designed to be educational and entertaining.
Derby’s City Council will have a specially scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday to meet with Guy Gsell, executive producer of the dino-themed park and education center.
The park will include not only life-size animatronic dinosaurs, but a museum with a skeleton and fossil exhibit, a fossil dig site and a 3-D theater. For those looking to get some exercise, there is also a ropes course, a fitness trail and an 18-hole miniature golf course.
According to the proposal, the educational aspects of the park will be aligned with the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science Practices, Life Science and Earth Systems Science for the state of Kansas. The park will also work with scientists and paleontologists from the University of Kansas to ensure quality in the program.
Gsell founded the theme park after working in theater production. Since then, his theme park, which started in New York City, has been named the best local theme park by Time Out New York and the second-best dinosaur theme park in the world by Maxim.
According to the proposal, Field Station: Dinosaurs is suited to Derby’s demographics and would develop relationships with area educators and government to “secure a successful launch.” The proposal said Field Station: Dinosaurs would also oversee the management of the museum and park as well as the marketing.
Derby City Manager Kathy Sexton said the attraction is “just an idea” at this point. She said it would be a large project and could take more than a year to plan and design.
The public is invited to attend the presentation at 4 p.m. Thursday. It will be televised on Cox Channel 7 and also on the City website at www.derbyweb.com. See website for schedule.