Ropes Challenge Course complete at Phoenix Center future site

The ropes challenge course was recently completed at the future site of the Phoenix Center in Horseshoe Bay. The course is designed to provide self-esteem and a sense of achievement for someone trying to overcome a history of trauma or adversity.





Special to The Highlander

Last month, construction of the ropes challenge course was completed on Phoenix Center’s future site in Horseshoe Bay.

In November of 2017, Phoenix Center, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mental health care to local children and families, acquired 77 acres to serve as the site of their future campus to include a state-of-the-art mental health clinic, equine therapy center, therapeutic camp facilities and a ropes challenge course.

The ropes challenge course was built by Ropes Works Inc. and will be utilized throughout the year in Phoenix Center programs. The high ropes course includes two zip lines, a "giant swing," a rock-climbing wall and other ropes challenge elements off the main tower structure. The ropes course is also available as a community resource for local schools, organizations and businesses. Additionally, completing a high ropes course instills a sense of achievement and self-efficacy in an individual, which can make a significant difference for someone trying to overcome a past history of trauma or adversity. 

The Phoenix Center’s future site is located two miles from the Highway 281 and 71 intersection at 3340 W SH 71, Horseshoe Bay. The entrance is off of Highway 71 close to Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

In October 2015, the Phoenix Center launched a 5-year capital campaign to purchase land, build a new trauma facility, start a year-round equine therapy program, construct therapeutic camp facilities and grow an endowment fund.

Founder and Executive Director Sarah Garrett said “This site is the ideal location for local children and families from multiple counties in the Hill Country.  Building the ropes course is the first major milestone in making the dream of constructing our future facilities a reality.  Our next phase of construction will be our state-of-the-art counseling center. We are incredibly grateful for each donation and pledge that has made our growth and future site possible.”

The Phoenix Center relies on the kindness of individual donors, businesses, and foundations. Currently, financial pledges to their capital campaign total just over $3 million; however, significantly more funding is needed to construct all phases of the future facilities.

To make a gift to support the construction of the future Phoenix Center facilities to meet the mental health of children and families who have experienced trauma, please visit their website: or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 732, Marble Falls, TX 78654.  To learn more about the ropes course or schedule a tour, please contact

About Phoenix Center:

Founded in 2007 as a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the mission of the Phoenix Center is to inspire hope, health, and healing by providing the highest level of mental health care to every child and family through innovative trauma-informed therapy and education.

Phoenix Center services include:

Phoenix Counseling: Our mental health center provides the highest level of care for children and families who have experienced trauma.

Children’s Groups: Therapy groups are offered throughout the week for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Innovative groups include music therapy, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy & yoga programs at our center and in local public schools and early childhood centers.

Parenting Groups: Research-based parenting programs utilize research-based curricula with documented results. Groups are all provided at no cost and include school-based programs for pregnant teens and teen parents.

Camp Phoenix: Therapeutic camp sessions at Candlelight Ranch, including equine therapy, using an innovative model found nowhere else in Texas.

Community Outreach & Collaborations: Innovative trauma-informed trainings & community partnerships to best meet the complex needs of children and families who have experienced trauma.  Our partnership with MFISD allows us to serve more children in need today - even before the construction of our expanded future facilities.

Find this story on page 8B of the Sports section and more in the Friday, March 1 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a comment or news tip, email

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