Kimiwan naturalists host grand re-opening of O'Mahony Conservation Area
for Smoky River Express
The Kimiwan Lake Naturalists, in conjunction with Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation, is hosting the grand re-opening of the O’Mahony Conservation Area Sept. 30.
Mark Heckbert, president of the naturalists society, invites all residents in the region to attend this Sunday’s 2 p.m. grand re-opening of the conservation area, located just southeast of McLennan off Highway 2.
“The event will include greetings and acknowledgements from local dignitaries as well as Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreations,” says Heckbert, adding there will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The formal part of the afternoon ceremony will be followed by the second annual community hike around the Owl Loop, which is approximately 2.2 kilometres long.
“We’re asking residents who plan on participating in the hike to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather,” Heckbert explains.
Last year marked the first ever community hike at O’Mahony Conservation Area.
More than 60 people attended the inaugural event, a number which organizers hope to improve upon this year.
The park was named in memory of McLennan resident John O’Mahony.
His vision and valuable contributions helped to establish the conservation park for the enjoyment of future generations.
Improvements at the park over the past two years are the direct result of a partnership between the Kimiwan Lake Naturalists, Alberta Tourism, Parks & Recreation, as well as the Municipal District of Smoky River 130.
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