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Indiana State Parks Kick Off Centennial Celebration

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Indiana State Parks kicked off their 100th birthday celebration at McCormick’s Creek State Park in Owen County on Wednesday. It was the first of many events planned leading up to the official centennial next year.

McCormick’s Creek was established as Indiana’s first state park in 1916.

Dozens of people gathered at the park’s Canyon Inn for a traditional 1916-style breakfast followed by a hike. The park was actually a gift to the state for its 100th birthday.

"We need to celebrate the fact that this park and many parks are out here throughout our state for the people and the citizens of Indiana to come out here and relax and enjoy," says Park Manager Dwight Brooks.

Since the state park system was established, it’s grown to include 24 properties.

State Parks Deputy Director for Stewardship Ginger Murphy says she hopes the centennial will get every Hoosier to visit at least one.

"We’re putting annual passes in every library in the state so that if people haven’t ever visited a state park before they can go check out a pass at their library and make their first visit," Murphy says.

Each state park will host its own birthday celebration over the next year. You can see the full list of centennial events here.

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