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City of Fridley News (General)

Posted on: September 29, 2015

[ARCHIVED] You are Invited!

SPRING project

Join us to celebrate the GROUNDBREAKING for the SPRING project at Springbrook Nature Center! Wednesday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. or at 6:00 p.m. This is an exciting time for Springbrook and the entire community - we hope to see you there!

The City of Fridley and the Springbrook Nature Center Foundation cordially invite you to join us for a special public ceremonial groundbreaking for the SPRING project at Springbook Nature Center: 100 85th Avenue NW, Fridley. Ceremony will take place from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

There will also be a special public reception with the Fridley City Council that evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Springbrook Nature Center.

The SPRING project (Sanctuary Protection and Renewal Into the Next Generation) will expand and improve Springbrook Nature Center's indoor and outdoor spaces to 1) build new visitor amenities and facilities to accommodate and keep pace with visitor demands, 20 enhance environmental education and youth development opportunities, and 3) protect and preserve the area wildlife habitats for future generations.

After securing $5 million in state bonding funds in 2014, a total of 85% of the campaign goal of $7.6 million has been raised for the SPRING project, thanks to gifts and pledges from businesses and individuals in the community. Construction plans will include new named spaces honoring contributors.

A City of Fridley Park, Springbrook Nature Center features 127 acres of beautiful natural space in the heart of the Twin Cities. Since the 170s, use of Springbrook Nature Center has grown from 5,000 visits annually to over 150,000 visits in 2014. Staff and expert naturalists provide educational and outdoor programs to school groups, youth and families throughout the year. The Nature Center is recognized as a #1 Park/Nature Center for Families (Minnesota Parent Magazine), a Wildlife Hot Spot in the Twin Cities (MN DNR), and an Important Birding Area (National Audubon Society).

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