Open House for Springbrook Nature Center Expansion
FRIDLEY, MN – The City of Fridley moves forward with the expansion and renovation to the interpretive building at the Springbrook Nature Center, the next step in the SPRING (Sanctuary Protection and Renewal Into the Next Generation) project. This comprehensive plan to revitalize the seven-acre park entrance and building will allow the nature center to expand programming, host weddings and events, and continue to provide world-class environmental education to an ever-growing audience.
The City now wants to share the plans and excitement for the new nature center with the public. An Open House will be held on Monday, February 2. This event gives community members the opportunity to view the design plans, offer comments and ask questions on the project, and gives everyone a chance to learn the overall scope of the SPRING project.
On December 9, Fridley City Council approved an agreement with Partners & Sirny Architects for design services. Green technology, including solar cells on the roof and the use of geothermal energy, will be incorporated into the renovation. The plans will triple the size of the current interpretive building. This portion is the most expensive and is funded primarily through a $5 million bonding bill signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last year. The entire SPRING project vision is estimated at $7.6 million and fundraising efforts, led by the Springbrook Nature Center Foundation (SNCF), are currently underway. SNCF is a non-profit organization that works closely with the City of Fridley and is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Springbrook Nature Center.
The public Open House will take place at Springbrook Nature Center (100 85th Avenue NE, Fridley) on February 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The Parks & Recreation Commission meeting will be held at the Nature Center following the open house. Architects will make a presentation during the Commission meeting and the public is welcome.