(COUNCIL BLUFFS) The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board is reporting another successful year with receipts, attendance and programs for the 2011 fiscal year, exceeding previous years.
Total income from park services and programs was up 3%, surpassing projections by over $14,000. Park visitation doubled in the past ten years with over 90,000 visitors welcomed this past fiscal year. Success for the county parks can be attributed to improved park amenities, the offering of diverse experiences, promotion of parks and strategic additions to park properties.
In addition to park use, the environmental education program reported that 1, 389 programs were presented to 17,053 participants, 8,948 children were reached through in-school programs, 7,890 walk-in visitors were welcomed to the Loess Hills interpretive facility at Hitchcock Nature Center and 1,600 students were reached through the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation’s free field trip scholarship fund.
Also this year, the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board and staff began the development of a strategic plan. This plan will help guide future acquisitions and infrastructure changes for the county parks.
Parks owned and managed by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board include Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park, Old Town, Pheasants Forever Wildlife Habitat Area, Blackbird Marsh and Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area.
To see the PCCB annual report, visit www.pottcoconservation.com