Kiwanis offers to help enhance city environmental park

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Kids and adults learn about local critters and historic industries through displays in the McMahon Environmental Center’s museum.

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Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 15:57 PM.

CRESTVIEW — One of the city’s little-known gems, the McMahon Environmental Center, is tucked away on two and a half acres off Mapoles Street, in the shadow of a state forestry fire observation tower.

The park is a destination for local Boy and Girl Scouts, Crestview Public Library kids groups and students from area schools.

However, the McMahon Center is also one of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department’s most underused facilities.

The Kiwanis Club wants to change that.

“What we would like to do is take it on as a project for our club,” Kiwanis Club Public Service Committee chairperson Jim Lundy said. “There are some really nice things on this property. The museum has some really good things there.”

Named in honor of retired forester John McMahon, the center and the Kiwanis have been intertwined over the years. The club sponsored a Boy Scout troop at the park, and helped maintain the park until the state turned the facility over to the city.

The center is unique among the city’s parks. Its mission is purely educational: to teach park users about the region’s native flora and fauna.



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