Project Status    (October 9, 2017)

INTRODUCTION: The SPRING Project is designed to be an attractive, renewed seven acre gateway area of the Springbrook Nature Center. The project features a greatly improved and expanded INTERPRETIVE CENTER, many pleasing and useful OUTDOOR AMENITIES and an array of clever, educational NEW EXHIBITS.  FUNDING includes a $5 million grant from the State of Minnesota plus up to $2.6 million to be raised by the Foundation Board. The current status is described in this update. See the DESCRIPTION page for Project details.

INTERPRETIVE CENTER:   Complete and open daily.  Looks great.

OUTDOOR AMENITIES:  An architect has created a detailed site plan for the Outdoor Amenities.  The amenities include new paved trails, an amphitheater, a nature based play area and a new pavilion with classroom. All except the pavilion with classroom are complete and in service.  The 85th Avenue berm is complete.

NEW EXHIBITS:  Complete and installed.  Very educational and fun.

FUNDING: A funding task force has developed strategies to raise up to $2.6 million dollars from organizations and individuals.  The “quiet phase” of the fund raising campaign raised $1.3 million in gifts, pledges, and in-kind contributions.  The public Community Campaign phase is ongoing.  Some “naming and recognition opportunities” are available for potential donors.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT:  The project management team was composed of a construction manager, a design-build committee, the Executive Director and several City of Fridley government personnel. The Fridley City Council approved key steps in the design and construction processes. Many citizens attended a February 2, 2015 Public Open House.  Completed earlier are a feasibility study, a Master Plan, the case for support, concept drawings, cost projections, a business plan, an engineering land survey, and architectural plans.