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    Default Margaret Parker Trail Dedication a huge success!

    At 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016, FWAS celebrated its 75th Anniversary by sponsoring the Margaret Parker Memorial Trail dedication at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (FWNC&R). Working with FWNC&R Director Rob Denkhaus, we finally got a sign design approved, ordered, delivered, and then installed at the trail head on the Greer Island property of the FWNC&R. The ceremony was held indoors at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center, where we had a crowd of almost 50 people. Many FWAS members and board members, an Audubon Texas board member, Friends of the FWNC&R board members, friends and family of Margaret Parker, as well as FWNC&R staff were on hand. During the ceremony, Fort Worth City Councilman Dennis Shingleton and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price each spoke to the crowd. Councilman Shingleton read to the audience a Certificate of Recognition from the city of Fort Worth which honored the FWAS 75th Anniversary and our sponsorship of Margaret Parker Memorial Trail Dedication. You can view and that certificate from its picture below. Additionally, the certificate will be framed and displayed at the FWAS Member meeting on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Following Councilman Shingleton, Mayor Price spoke eloquently of her love of the outdoors and our need to keep and support our wild places for generations to come. After the ceremony was over, many of those in attendance drove to the Greer Island access parking area and then walked out to view the sign, and most of that group took a morning stroll along the trails before leaving. A few pictures from this ceremony, including a picture of the new sign, can be viewed below.

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    Certificate of Recognition from the city of Fort Worth

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    FWAS President Michael Francis addresses the crowd at the ceremony

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    L - R: FWAS Board members Chuck Baskin, Ann Hoover, Jean Ferguson, FWAS member Bob Scott, and Friends of the FWNC&R President Chris Smith

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    Facing each other: Fort Worth City Councilman Dennis Shingleton and Mayor Betsy Price sharing a laugh; FWNC&R Past President Rick Shepherd and his wife Karen at left of picture

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    L - R: FWNC&R Director Rob Denkhaus, Friends of the FWNC&R Board Member George Bristol, and Interim Director of Audubon Texas Haily Summerford in the foreground; FWNC&R Board member Bill Richerson and FWAS Member Joann Karges in the background

    Please go to the following link for more pictures, including a picture of Margaret and the Margaret Parker Memorial Trail sign itself:
    http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?2...ation-Pictures
    Last edited by MKFrancis; 11-07-2016 at 11:46 PM.

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