October - February: 8:00am - 6:00pm
March - September: 8:00am - 8:00pm
No Dogs (other than service dogs)
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To ensure conservation, restoration, education, research and out-door enjoyment of Midland's urban playa for present and future generations.
We are a 501 (c) 3 and your donations are tax deductible.
Elaine Magruder - Past President/Founder
Alison Peeler - President
Sarah Lauritzen - Vice-President
Joey Hopkins - Treasurer
Anne Hover - Secretary
In the late 1960’s, the property which is an 87 acre urban playa lake in its natural state was donated to the City of Midland with the intention of creating a park. However, the city was never able to budget the money for the park. The Midland Naturalists and a cadre of volunteers maintained the preserve for over 20 years. One of these individuals was Jenna Welch, a birding enthusiast and a member of the Midland Naturalists.
In 2006, Paul Davis, Jr. and Elaine Magruder funded a master plan developed by The Rivers Studio, LLC in Austin, Texas. Focus groups were created to develop the master plan by studying, for example: the economic impact and direction for science education and place for recreation. The master plan was approved by the City of Midland in April of 2007 and was divided into three phases: