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.