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McCormick's Creek SP Manager Earns Chamber Honors
Indiana Ag Connection - 11/14/2017

The property manager of McCormick's Creek State Park has earned a lifetime achievement award for his stewardship of "one of Indiana's most beautiful tourist attractions."

The Owen County Chamber of Commerce recently presented Dwight Brooks with its T. Perry Wesley Award.

Named for the editor emeritus of the Spencer Evening World newspaper, the award recognizes someone who demonstrates initiative, leadership, cooperation and teamwork, and who inspires others to better serve their community.

McCormick's Creek opened in 1916 as Indiana's first state park and is famous for its canyon, karst topopgraphy, woodlands and inn. Brooks became property manager in 1988.

"We expect our staff to care for our guests, facilities and natural resources, and we also ask them to work in partnership with their local communities," Indiana State Parks deputy director Terry Coleman said. "Dwight does both very well, and we are proud of his efforts."

The chamber recognized Brooks for guiding improvement of park facilities and increasing attendance and revenue, all while preserving natural beauty.

"His dedication to constantly maintain and upgrade trails and buildings has been evident with the creation of the historic Peden Farm spring house, the new Centennial shelter, and the current project to restore the CCC constructed fire tower," chamber board member Grant Minnemeyer said.

Brooks joined the DNR in 1975, helping develop Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty and eventually becoming property manager there. Before his departure for McCormick's Creek, Governor Robert Orr, bestowed the state's highest award, The Sagamore of the Wabash, to Brooks for his accomplishments at Potato Creek.

McCormick's Creek State Park ( is at 250 McCormick's Creek Park Road, Spencer.

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