New Platforms Dedicated on May 4, 2013
The MCHF began fundraising to construct a fishing and viewing platform at Bennett Spring State Park in 2011. The platform was to be constructed below the dam at Bennett Spring.
The goal of $45,000 was met and additional funding allowed an effort to construct an additional handicapped accessible ramp and platform, which is across the stream from the hatchery office, just below the dam. The platforms were completed prior to March 1 opening day of Missouri trout season. A dedication and donor appreciation was scheduled on Saturday, May 4 in conjunction with the annual Kids Fishing Day at the park. Despite the below normal temperatures and snow flurries, about 80 people braved the cold to enjoy the ribbon cutting and view the plaques that have been placed at each site to show the donors who participated or who honored loved ones with memorial signage.
The project was a joint effort of MCHF and the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources.