MARCH 29, 2012 -- When Don Robinson died March 19, 2012, at the age of 84, he ensured that his legacy would be a place for all to enjoy the Missouri's unique natural beauty.
Robinson was a St. Louis entrepreneur who invented and marketed Off, a cleaning product for spot removal. Upon his death, he donated his 843-acre property in Jefferson County to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for use as a state park. The land includes a variety of cliffs, canyons, glades and forests, and hundreds of different plant species. According to the department, the land also contains native short-leaf pine, and is believed to be the northernmost location of this species in Missouri. Before he died, Robinson told department staff he wanted the size of the state park to rival Central Park in New York City.
"The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri State Parks are saddened by the passing of Don Robinson," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. "We are humbled that Don Robinson chose to donate his land to the Missouri State Park system. The Missouri State Park system will continue to preserve the natural landscapes of this property and will offer recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy in the near future. The Don Robinson State Park will become an invaluable addition to the Missouri State Park system."
Don Robinson State Park will be located in the upper watershed of the LaBarque Creek, just 38 miles southwest of St. Louis in Cedar Hill, making it a perfect spot for area families to spend a day in Missouri's outdoors. To learn more about plans for Don Robinson State Park and the rest of Missouri's state parks, visit mostateparks.com.
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Photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks.