Ernie Miller Nature Park is a 116-acre nature park consisting of a diverse range of habitats including tall-grass prairies, upland meadows, bottom-land forest, a beautiful stream, and three miles of nature trails to explore, a picnic shelter, and nature center.
The master planning process for Ernie Miller Park began in fall of 2017 and included a steering committee made up of JCPRD staff and Ernie Miller Nature Center volunteers. Public input was solicited using focus groups and public events. The final Master Plan will be presented at the July board meeting.
Master Plan Highlights
Improved entry signage
ADA drop off/parking
New Shelter #1 and restroom
Boardwalk placed on northwestern edge of existing pond
Addition of small pond and wetland
Addition of unpaved trails
Various storm water best management practices throughout the site
Nature Center Improvements
Demo phase one and construct two-story addition over existing footprint
Separate public and private areas of the facility
Improve and expand classroom spaces
Improved wildlife displays for viewing from both interior and exterior of the building
Courtyard improvements to include pavement and landscaping