Dinosaurs/STAR Bonds

July 2015
Guy Gsell of Field Station: Dino­saurs in New Jersey asked the City Council to picture the following behind the north water tower on Rock Road (across from the new middle school):
  • An edu-tainment experience for kids ages 3 to 11 where they see, hear and touch life-size animatronic dinosaurs and learn it’s cool to grow up and be a scientist.
  • A place for school field trips where kids dig for real fossils, explore an indoor ropes course, and play miniature golf among dinosaurs.
  • Overnight glamping (glamorous camp­ing) with friends for a birthday party.
  • National Dinosaur Camp every summer.
  • This Oct. 2016 news story gives you an idea of a special event at the park.
Aug. 25, 2015 Public Hearing
Devel­oper Rick Worner presented new informa­tion about a proposed medical care facility specializing in caring for patients with traumatic brain injury. Worner noted the medical facility, as well as a hotel, restaurant and possibly a daycare would be located north of Patriot Ave. and west of Rock Road.
The public hearing provided time for both elected officials and Derby residents to ask questions of the developer and his partners and share opinions on this project.

Sept. 4, 2015 Site Visit

City officials visited Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, NJ to get a first-hand view of the park.

Sept. 8, 2015 City Council Meeting

The City Council pass­ed an ordinance establishing the STAR bond project district. The City received a Project Plan which set forth the business case for the STAR bond project.

July 12, 2016 City Council Meeting

The City held a Public Hearing to received feedback from the public on the proposed STAR Bond project. If the City Council approves the Project Plan on July 26 or thereafter, it will then be sent to the Kansas Depart­ment of Commerce for its approval. The State must approve this new development (along with its financial incentive package) so STAR bonds can be issued to fund it. Please note, this project will not increase the sales tax you pay on purchases in Derby.

July 26, 2016 City Council Meeting

The Derby City Council voted 7-1 in favor of the STAR Bond Project.
  • The Council adopted an ordinance approving the Project Plan
  • The Council adopted an ordinance approving the Development Agreement between the City of Derby and Derby Destination Development, LLC relating to the Derby STAR Bond Project District.
October 21, 2016
The city received word from the Kansas Department of Commerce that it approved $18.9 million in STAR bonds for the Derby project.

March 15, 2017
The city closed on the sale of STAR bonds. If you have questions about how this potential development project might affect you or have any suggestions, contact City Manager Kathy Sexton at 788-3132 or kathysexton@derbyweb.com.

March 1, 2018

A Job Fair will be held at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave. in Derby. Applications accepted from 3 to 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., a presentation about the park and types of jobs available will be made. Staff will interview and accept applications until 9 p.m.

May 26, 2018

Field Station: Dinosaurs will open Memorial Day weekend.

About Field Station: Dinosaurs

Field Station: Dinosaurs would be a world-class dinosaur exhibition and major 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.

The Derby exhibit would be called "American Dinosaurs! - On the Shores of the Western Inland Seaway." A unique dinosaur exhibition featuring precisely crafted, full-sized animatronic dinosaurs and a fossil dig site is proposed.

Other attractions include:
  • An 18-hole miniature golf course (each hole of "Paleo Golf" would depict an historic dinosaur in the USA)
  • A tri-level ropes course under the dome
  • Open-air amphitheater
  • Fitness trail

Tri-Level Ropes Course

Field Station: Dinosaurs will feature the latest in ropes course design. This tri-level course is built under a dome so kids can be active year-round. This would be the first ever domed tri-level ropes course in North America.


The target market for Field Station: Dinosaurs is 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.