News Release 13-010
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Ted Morris, Birch Bay State Park, (360) 371-2800
Virginia Painter, Public Affairs Office, (360) 902-8562
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Groundbreaking ceremony set
for partner-sponsored education center
at Birch Bay State Park
April 9, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Friends of Birch Bay State Park invite the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new partner-sponsored environmental education center at Birch Bay State Park.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in the lower day-use area of Birch Bay State Park, 5105 Helweg Road, Blaine. The event will include entertainment by the musical group, Wingin It, a welcome by Park Manager Ted Morris and remarks by project partners and local elected officials.
The BP Heron Center for Environmental Education was conceived several years ago by Scott Walker, president of the Friends of Birch Bay State Park. The vision of the project is to provide a regional environmental learning center for classes and groups studying Terrell Creek, the Birch Bay marine environment and a nearby colony of Great Blue Heron. The center also will serve as a rental facility for weddings, reunions and other gatherings. An artist rendition and business plan for the BP Heron Center is available online at the Friends of Birch Bay State Park web site, www.fobbsp.org.
Financial contributors to the project include British Petroleum Cherry Point Refinery, Alcoa Intalco Works of Ferndale, Jerry Larson, the Friends organization and local donors. State Parks provided the archaeological survey and contributed staff time toward the project. Total project costs are estimated at $236,000. BP Cherry Point Refinery contributed $105,000, and Alcoa Intalco Works contributed $25,000.
The project is expected to begin construction in September with a completion goal of summer 2014.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.