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Construction contract awarded for Delores Fenwick Nature Center

Post Date:10/16/2017 3:28 p.m.

renderingPearland City Council approved a $2.5 million contract for construction of the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, including an appropriation of $480,000 from the Park Development Fund. The project will provide a hands-on setting for environmental education and training programs and an event venue for related community activities. The project provides an opportunity to showcase the concept of utilizing one site as a multi-purpose venue for, recreation, as well as achieving environmental objectives including recycling, storm and wastewater treatment, drainage management and community education.

The new facility will be located at 5750 Magnolia Street in the John Hargrove Environmental Center (JHEC) complex, which currently houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, a water treatment plant and a recently completed trail system. The facility will be located next door to the Stella Roberts Recycling managed by Keep Pearland Beautiful. Current designs include a nature center building including an open-air pavilion, environmental educational displays, demonstration gardens, a tree farm, interpretive exhibits, restrooms, a classroom laboratory, a teaching platform and staff offices.

Another project, scheduled to begin in the coming years will expand the JHEC Trail to include a boardwalk over the East pond with an observation deck, paddle craft launch areas, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, and interpretive signage.

Included in the City’s Capital Improvement Program and approved in the bond election of 2007, the facility will provide education to residents on the benefits of recycling, green space, preservation of flora and fauna and local ecological systems while promoting outdoor recreation and overall healthy living. The construction of the Nature Center is included in phase one of the two-part JHEC complex construction. Phase two includes additional parking, a boardwalk trail, paddle craft launch area, fishing pier, picnic tables and expanded educational displays to exhibit wind, solar power and wetland grasses.

This project furthers the City Council Strategic Priority of ensuring Quality Parks, Recreation and Events by providing exceptional recreation and cultural programming and quality facilities for residents and visitors alike.

Project schedule

Proposed Construction Start: November 2017
Proposed Construction Completion Date: August 2018

Learn about the Parks & Recreation Department’s long-range planning in the Parks Master Plan.
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