Beat the heat at the NAC |

Beat the heat at the NAC

Guests at the National Ability Center's Community Open House will have a chance to try out various activities, including the ropes challenge course, on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the National Ability Center)

If you haven’t been out to the National Ability Center (NAC) lately, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. But the good news is, you can find out this weekend at the annual Community Open House.

Stop by the Bronfman Family Recreational Center and Ranch on Saturday, July 18, to experience all that the facility has to offer, plus fun and games, freebies and plenty of entertainment. The event is free and open to public.

"This particular event is a way to thank the community for all of the support that it provides to the NAC and it also gives people a chance to experience some of the programs we have to offer," says Allie Schneider, communications and events assistant. Drop in for an afternoon pony ride and a complimentary sno cone, or make a day out of it and bring the whole family. The event will feature sled-hockey demonstrations (minus the ice), a bounce house for the kids, 50-cent hot dogs and drinks, and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Guests can also scale the 32-foot climbing wall, cruise on an adaptive bicycle or try their hands at archery. Kim Millikan, the Adventure Learning Program manager, will be operating the high ropes course for anyone who wants to defy gravity or face a fear of heights. Those who are feeling invincible can attempt the course with one arm or with a blindfold on, says Millikan. "We always like people to challenge their abilities and try to do things in a different way. That’s what being an adaptive center is all about."

For visitors who prefer to stay on the ground, Park City Drum Circle member David Waterfall will leader a drum circle and the newest members of the NAC’s equestrian program, Shelby and Miss Etta, will show off their skills in the ring.

In addition to checking out the adaptive programs and possibilities at the NAC, guests can visit booths to find out more about other Park City and Salt Lake City-based nonprofits. Representatives from organizations such as the Kimball Art Center, Utah Olympic Park and Utah Parent Center will be on hand to share information about their missions and to recruit volunteers. "It gives other organizations the opportunity to tell the community about what they offer," says Schneider.

The Community Open House will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bronfman Family Recreational Center and Ranch is located at 1000 Ability Way off Highway 40. For more information about events and programs or to become a member of the National Ability Center, visit

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