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It’s Been a Grand Experience

Soon to be up and running in a few weeks, the Jester Park Nature Center is almost ready to welcome its first visitors on August 5th for the grand opening! The long journey of waiting and the final stages of construction are coming to an end. Flooring has been installed throughout the building, along with the installation of the elevator, electrical, plumbing, doors, trim, paint, and concrete surrounding the nature center. Due to last month’s flooding, extreme wet conditions slowed outside work on the north terrace, pond, and streamscape, but work is rapidly progressing to complete it! The streamscape won’t be completed by the grand opening, but it will be soon after.

Furniture and equipment has been arriving at the nature center daily. Outdoor furniture will arrive just in time for the grand opening giving those a comfortable place to sit while taking in the beautiful views of Jester Park from the back patio. Polk County Conservation offices are also being assembled and staff will be…

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