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Needed improvements coming to Thousand Hills State Park

Missouri State Parks Director Ben Ellis, Third District State Representative Danny Busick, Kirksville Director of Tourism Debi Boughton, Kirksville Mayor Chuck Long and Thousand Hills State Park Superintendent Ryan Persinger took part in the groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo Courtesy: City of Kirksville)

Multiple improvements will be taking shape at one state park in northeast Missouri.

On Friday, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosted a groundbreaking event at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville.

Missouri State Parks Director Ben Ellis, Third District State Representative Danny Busick, Kirksville Director of Tourism Debi Boughton, Kirksville Mayor Chuck Long and Thousand Hills State Park Superintendent Ryan Persinger took part in the ceremony.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has plans to replace the seawall, walkway and docks at Forest Lake.

According to city documents, these upgrades are part of a larger $16 million commitment from the DNR to make improvements to their park system.

City staffers say this is an exciting project, and one that they have been working on with DNR officials for several years to plan.

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