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New playground at Blue Springs

Blue Springs State Park to Open New Playground and Hosting 5K
CLIO, ALA- Blue Springs State Park will be dedicating a new playground and hosting the Blue Springs 5K Boogie Run/Walk on Saturday November, 8 to celebrate the State Parks 75th Anniversary.
 
The Friends of Blue Springs State Park organized the 5K. The group also raised money for the new playground this year. One generous donation from the family of Dr. Mac W. Porter helped the group meet their final goal to open the playground in time for fall. The playground will be dedicated this Saturday at the park at 10:30 AM. Registration for the 5K begins at 7 AM; the run begins at 8 AM.  
 
“So many people to do not realize the incredible natural springs right here in Alabama at Blue Springs,” says Robert McMath, President of Friends of Blue Springs State Park. “We’re thrilled to be able to add this playground to the park to help bring more families to Blue Springs. We hope to continue improving the park so that future generations can enjoy its beauty for years to come.”
 
Nearly 20 local businesses have already sponsored the run. People of all ages are encouraged to participate in the 5K. Registration for the 5K is $15 the day of the event. Money raised from the 5K will be used for adaptive equipment to make the playground handicap accessible.
 
“We are so grateful for all that the Friends of Blue Springs have done for the park this year,” says park manager Gloria Peters. “The new playground is an incredible addition to our beautiful park. We’re so excited to be able to bring people from the community together for this 5K. The park receives very limited money from the state for improvements, so we heavily rely on our partners to organize fundraisers and special events to ensure that we continue to improve the park.”
 
Less than 10% of the state parks budget comes from state funds, most of the funding come from the user fees at the individual parks. The efforts of local park visitors and partners help to maintain the parks around the state.
 
The Friends of Blue Springs also have a Christmas event planned in December at the park and “Cool Kids and Frozen Friends” on January 1.
 
If any local businesses would like to sponsor the 5K they can contact Robert McMath at 334-367-8536.
 
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Alabama State Parks is a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division operates and maintains 22 parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations.