To commemorate its 25th Anniversary, Grand Gulf State Park near Thayer will hold a celebration with an open house Sept. 19 to seek public input. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will provide a way to mark the park's anniversary and give the public an opportunity to comment on the park and its operations.
The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the public is invited to share any ideas or comments they may have about the park. Park staff will be available to discuss past accomplishments and outline any future plans. Information will be provided on a new loop trail that is currently in the planning stages. The new trail will take the existing 0.5 mile one-way hiking trail into a loop trail slightly more than a mile in length. The current trail takes visitors over the natural bridge and along the gulf while the new addition will provide more views of the woodlands.
A brief history of the park will be given at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. a ceremony will be held to recognize Dorothy Ellis of Thayer and Leo Drey of St. Louis for their contribution to the development of the park. Refreshments will be provided.
Grand Gulf State Park is located six miles west of Thayer off Highway W. Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park office at 417-264-7600 or the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf).
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