GLEN ROSE – Dinosaur Valley State Park has a new look thanks largely to the sponsorship of LDL Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park and efforts of Glenn Kuban. Donations from the LDL helped to purchase several new interpretive signs that are outfitted with research and photos courtesy of Kuban to replace the outdated signage that was approaching its 20th year of use.
The endeavor began in 2012 under acting superintendent, Shannon Blalock and work to replace the signs began the following year with the first installment of the rock pedestals with a protective, cedar shingled roof in the Children’s Trail area during the winter of 2014.
One year after the first installed sign, remainder of the signs – which were carefully drafted, redrafted and edited several times – were place throughout the park. From Dinosaur Valley’s headquarters to the popular Bird Track Site, visitors can now view all of the newly updated signs that the LDL has spent a little over $50,000 to design and install.
This latest project is just the tip of the $1 million iceberg of donations made by the LDL over the past 22 years, a DVSP press release states. The money, which is also accumulated from purchases made at the park’s store and donations to the Friends Group, has provided training and support for staff, material and equipment for the park, environmental education materials and funding for the new Glen Rose app, Nicole Gilbert, Dinosaur Valley State Park assistant superintendent, stated.
Gilbert, who has been with DVSP for a little over a year, said she is amazed at all she has experienced and learned thus far, and wants the community to consider utilizing the spring weather for an unplugged day-trip.
“I feel it’s important for the community to visit and support the park because it’s important to connect with the natural history of the community,” Gilbert said. “People can come here, bring their family, unplug from the busy world and plug into nature.”
According to the DVSP website, the park is rich with prehistoric, cultural, Native American and early settlers history, and tourism accounts for most of the visitors and revenue. There are also over 45 campsites and there are educational programs offered.
For a schedule of events, visit DVSP at Facebook.com/dinosaurvalleypark. For anyone interested in supporting the LDL Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park or volunteering you can visit their website at www.dvspgiftshop.com .