May 29, 2018
There are many people to thank for the reopening of Miller Springs Nature Center, which is set for Thursday. The partnership that developed between Belton, Temple and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helped clear administrative hurdles, but it was the voice of the people that propelled the idea forward.
"The reopening of Miller Springs can be attributed to the goodwill of three separate forms of government, the united voice of the people, and the servant hearts of an army of volunteers," Belton Mayor Marion Grayson said.
In all, 165 volunteers, providing an estimated 400 volunteer hours, helped make the reopening possible.
"This is a great day for the Belton-Temple community," Belton Parks and Recreations Director Matt Bates said. "Thank you to the 165 volunteers and the handful of full-time, dedicated parks employees who helped get the land ready to use again."
State Representative Hugh Shine was an important facilitator in the process. We acknowledge him and thank him for his efforts, especially early on in the process when the public meetings were held in Temple.
Over the years there have been many times when the City of Belton has partnered with other entities in behalf of the people of Belton. This partnership between Belton, Temple and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is special because a reopening is what the public sought, and it will benefit people from Belton, Temple and many others from the area.