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Friends Of MCSP Awarded $3,000 Grant From Indiana Parks Alliance

by Travis Curry


The Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park was recently awarded $3,000 by the Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA) to assist with the design for restoring the historic fire tower in the park. The IPA is a charitable organization that supports Indiana State Parks and state-owned Nature Preserves, the resources they steward and the people they serve. Pictured are, left to right: IPA vice president Cem M. Basman, IPA president Tom Hohman, Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park representative Barbara Filtri, and MCSP Interpretive Naturalist Sam Arthur. (Courtesy Photo) The Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park was recently awarded $3,000 by the Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA) to assist with the design for restoring the historic fire tower in the park. The IPA is a charitable organization that supports Indiana State Parks and state-owned Nature Preserves, the resources they steward and the people they serve. Pictured are, left to right: IPA vice president Cem M. Basman, IPA president Tom Hohman, Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park representative Barbara Filtri, and MCSP Interpretive Naturalist Sam Arthur. (Courtesy Photo) In commemoration of the 2016 centennial of Indiana State Parks, the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park (MCSP) group is attempting to raise funds to restore the park’s fire tower, constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #589.

The effort recently received a financial boost in the form of a $3,000 grant awarded to the Friends group by the Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA). The monies will be used to assist with the design for restoring the historic fire tower. The IPA is a charitable organization that supports Indiana State Parks and stateowned Nature Preserves, the resources they steward and the people they serve.


The historic fire tower inside McCormick’s Creek State Park was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #589. (Staff Photo) The historic fire tower inside McCormick’s Creek State Park was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #589. (Staff Photo) The 86-foot-high MCSP fire tower, which was added to the National Historic Lookout Register (www.nhlr.org) on November 12, 2008, is constructed of steel, capped by a metal 7’x7’ cab with interior wood panels. The fire tower was active until 1967 and is now a popular viewing site for park visitors.

To donate in support of the project, visit www.gofundme.com/fmcsp. For more information, call the MCSP Nature Center at 812-829-4344.

To learn more about the Indiana Parks Alliance and how you can join to support Indiana State Parks and Indiana’s Dedicated Nature Preserves, log on to www.indianaparksalliance.org.

In related news, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its October meeting at the Indiana State Library on October 27, 2015. There were more than 76 Legacy Projects approved this round, one of which is in Owen County.

Indiana’s first two state parks, McCormick’s Creek State Park and Turkey Run State Park, were officially dedicated on December 16, 1916. On this date in 2015, Indiana State Parks will launch the Countdown to 100 – a yearlong celebration of our state park system.

The event begins at McCormick’s Creek with a public breakfast, a ceremony with comments from dignitaries, and a walk to McCormick’s Creek Falls and the Civilian Conservation Corps Recreation Hall. At noon, there will be a press and public event in the Statehouse Rotunda featuring announcements of centennial events and projects, comments from dignitaries and interactive tables representing our living natural resources, history and property facilities and locations. In the afternoon, there will be a public ceremony at Turkey Run State Park with comments from dignitaries, a walk to the Juliet Strauss sculpture and the Lieber Memorial, and a sunset toast at Sunset Point. The day ends with a meal served in the dining room at Turkey Run Inn.

About the Indiana Bicentennial Commission

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is a fifteen member body, chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton, charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. First Lady Karen Pence serves as official Bicentennial Ambassador. Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, but do so in a way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. The commission encourages every community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.

Visit www.indiana2016.org to learn more about Indiana’s bicentennial history in the making.

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