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Post Date:03/30/2016 12:13 pm

Design will soon be underway for the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, an educational facility coming to the John Hargrove Environmental Center (JHEC). The complex, located at 5800 Magnolia, houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, John Hargrove Environmental Center and the newly completed nature trail system. A Professional Services Agreement for Design services is expected to be presented to City Council on April 25.

Included in the City’s Capital Improvement Program and approved in the bond election of 2007, the Nature Center will provide a premier educational facility for the community and feature an open-air pavilion, garden demonstrations, a tree farm, interpretive exhibits, restrooms, a classroom and a teaching platform. The facility will also 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 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.

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



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