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Destination Derby

SHOPPING, DINING, ENTERTAINMENT

Destination Derby

You don’t have to follow the yellow brick road far to find a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Everything from unique gift shops to bowling and movies can be found right here in Derby. A quiet evening out with someone special doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Grab some dinner at one of Derby’s many family restaurants or enjoy the atmosphere of Derby’s newest smoke-free sports bar. You don’t have to leave the city limits for a fun and affordable day trip or evening out.

PARKS

Derby is proud of its 286 acres of beautiful parks and recreational facilities. Many of Derby’s 26 parks and facilities can be reserved for private use. The parks provide an abundance of activities that include playgrounds, sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, soccer, fishing, nature trails, disc golf and skate boarding.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Sports lovers will find lots of things to do in Derby. For golf fanatics, two Derby-area golf courses can help feed your obsession. Those who prefer to walk without chasing a small, white object can visit High Park for a lap or two around the fitness trail. Bowling at the local bowling alley and family entertainment center is a popular diversion as well. Are spectator sports more your speed? Catch a baseball game with the Derby Twins, or consider a high school basketball, football, soccer, softball, baseball or volleyball game.

Panther Stadium

No matter your age or season of life, there’s always one common bond in Derby… Panther Stadium. Every fall, football fever hits Derby, and the community gathers for home games at Panther Stadium to support our students and school. Our fans are able to experience a quality football program in action, an award-winning marching band, energetic cheerleading and dance teams, and enough school spirit to make anyone yell, “Go Panthers!”

Think “Derby” during the hot summer months, and come spend the day at Rock River Rapids. From the “lazy river” to the giant tree house-themed playground and all the water in between, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas and of course, the kids will have a full day of fun if you bring ‘em to Derby.

HISTORY BUFFS

Spend some time revisiting the past with a stop at the Derby Historical Museum. Unique displays include an 1870s log cabin and authentic covered wagon, and with theme rooms featuring the area’s school, military, business and community history, there are many interesting things to learn.

DERBY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

For 15 years, the Derby Community Foundation (DCF) has been a catalyst in making the place we choose to call home an even better place. DCF has established a reputation within our community for providing great enhancements. Contributions to the community by DCF include: raising $198,000 in matching funds for a grant that funded the first phase of the community hike/bike path; coordinating donor gifts, memorials and other funds to purchase 12 bronze sculptures throughout the city; awarding the Ada Thoma Memorial Scholarship annually to a USD 260 graduating senior who will major in education; administering the Kermit Daum Scholarship Fund, which awards a $500 scholarship annually to a Derby High School senior planning to major in science; implementing the Derby Community Enrichment Program, which awards up to $5,000 twice a year to local nonprofit organizations.

The Derby Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation (a non-profit), which means all contributions made to the foundation are tax deductible.

For more information, contact the Derby Community Foundation at P.O. Box 372, Derby, KS 67037; 316-788-9815; www.derbycf.org; email: admin@derbycf.org.

SENIOR CENTER

The Derby Senior Center provides a wide array of programs and activities for older residents in and around Derby. The Derby Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 611 Mulberry, just west of Rock Road and Madison. The center is a friendly gathering place for many seniors throughout the day. Seniors come to the center to play cards, listen to music, exercise, enjoy a meal, play a game of pool or just socialize. Every week, the center offers a wide variety of activities that appeal to its many different patrons. For more information about the Senior Center, please call 316-788-0223 or visit the website at www.derbyweb.com.

DERBY LIBRARY

The Derby Public Library strives to provide quality materials and service which fulfill recreational, educational, informational and cultural needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful and professional. Those services are clearly important to Derby residents; in 2007, Derby voters approved the construction of a new public library building. The new library will be approximately 36,620 square feet and will open in 2009. It will include a larger computer room with more computers available for public use, a community meeting room and additional space for books, events, activities and programs for children and teens. As the "living room" of the community, the Derby Public Library will be able to meet the needs of the growing community for many years to come! Visit www.derbylibrary.com or call 316-788-0760 for more information about all the activities at the Derby Library.

FINE ARTS

Events that promote the arts are common in Derby. The High Park Amphitheater is the site for live music as part of the annual Summer Concert Series. High school students are known for accomplished band, chorus and drama performances. A City Hall Art Gallery offers a glimpse at creations from local art students and teachers, and a collection of bronze sculptures located throughout Derby shows that we love our art.

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