By: Rachael Witter
Just 50 short years ago, Pioneers Park, out on west Van Dorn street sat on 40 acres, had one employee and one building. Now it's grown to over 600 acres.
"We have lots of gardens, prairie, wetland, woodland habitats, 8 miles of hiking trails. It's a really amazing sight." said Andrea Haas, a naturalist at the park.
To celebrate the half century mark, the park is putting on a series of events this year. They put on events for kids and adults, and this week, children on spring break are exploring nature firsthand. Pioneers park is encouraging people to come out and experience the outdoors.
"If somebody wants to sit and reflect in our beautiful herb garden, it's a gorgeous place to sit, smell the herbs and take in the beauty of the area. Our bird garden has been remodeled and that's a wonderful place to sit and bird watch, especially this time of year, lots of activity there." said Haas.
The park says this is a great time to rediscover all that it has to offer... Or come check out a new place if you haven't visited yet.
"Anyone can come out any day and just go for a walk, explore the trails, there's so much to see here, challenge to get to difference places within the park they haven't seen. Park your car, go for a walk, it's really pretty cool."
The nature's market event kicks off the 50th anniversary festivies on April 13th.