Dedication set for swimming pool at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

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Volume 37-208 For Immediate Release: July 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Groups using the Outdoor Education Center at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood this summer have a new swimming pool to enjoy. The new pool will be officially dedicated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.  

Local and state dignitaries as well as representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Rockwood School District will attend the event. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at the park, which is operated by the Department of Natural Resources.  

The Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center was designed to provide organized groups and families with disabilities with a group camp setting. The new swimming pool includes features designed for people with disabilities, such as zero entry and a wheelchair lift, and other features, including spray features, a basketball goal and a volleyball net. The new pool replaces the previous pool that served the Outdoor Education Center for 30 years.

Construction of the new pool was made possible by the Department's one-tenth-of-one-percent sales tax. The consultant on the project was Counsilman-Hunsaker of St. Louis and the contractor was Brockmiller Construction, Inc. of Farmington.

Since 2002, the Rockwood School District Community Education Office has partnered with the Department of Natural Resources to operate the Outdoor Education Center.  The swimming pool provides an aquatic recreational feature at the Outdoor Education Center, which also includes eight heated cabins, a dining hall, a recreation center, and conference and meeting rooms.

The 2,500-acre park is located at 800 Guy Park Drive in Wildwood. Once you enter the park, follow the signs to the Outdoor Education Center. In addition to the Outdoor Education Center,  the park offers a visitors center, campground, picnic areas, equestrian trails, hiking trails and a paved bicycle trail.

For more information on the event, call the park at 636-458-3813 or the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.

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