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April 30, 2013

Happy birthday, McCloud

Nature park celebrates 10th anniversary

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His resort reverted into private hands after that. Hendricks County acquired the property that would become McCloud Nature Park from multiple owners.

"It had gone through a variety of hands," Miner said. "I don't know if Davidson lost the property or sold it. I know a great chunk of it reverted to a trustee by the late '30s."

It's been known as McCloud Nature Park for 10 years now. A county park board was established in 2000. For the next three years it worked with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to acquire acreage for the park and construct a nature center. Last year it welcomed 33,000 visitors.

Jana Gilbert, marketing coordinator for the Hendricks County Parks Department, says they formed a committee that met monthly to plan McCloud's 10th anniversary celebration. The process began last fall.

"We wanted to have a unique event, something we'd never had before," Gilbert said. "And we wanted to incorporate all our partners. We've called upon everyone who's ever done something with us. We're putting it all together in one all-star event. It will have something for everyone."

Festivities commence 9 a.m. May 4 and conclude at 9 p.m. Highlights include birding, eco and GPS scavenger hunts, and fishing — all of which have equipment available for checkout from the nature center. Fishing participants must have a valid fishing license.

Visitors also may hike the 6.5 miles of trails at the park, including participation in a history walk, and bring a canoe to travel down Big Walnut Creek. Throughout the day numerous community partners will conduct seminars in their field of expertise. They include Hendricks County's Solid Waste District, Partnership for Water Quality, Soil and Water District, and Health Department. Other organizations include Wild Birds Unlimited and the Indiana

Astronomical Society.

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