new drawings (.pdf) of the
Great Lakes Wetlands Centre by Diamond and Schmitt Architects.
Friends is committed to building a Great
Lakes Wetlands Centre, located near beautiful Second Marsh in
Oshawa, that will serve to educate tourists, school children and
the community about the importance of having an urban, Provincially
Significant Wetland and an Area of Natural
and Scientific Interest in their own backyard.
The concept for the Centre involves a new three-level
building that is approximately 18,000 sq. ft. and will include:
A large viewing deck overlooking Second Marsh, McLaughlin Bay
Wildlife Reserve and Lake Ontario
Approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of permanent display space with
state-of-the-art exhibits to entertain and educate
Classroom & meeting space
Space for Kids in the Marsh program
A 1,200 sq. ft. licensed restaurant
Potential multi-use research facilities
A restaurant, book store
A research facility.
Studies have shown that the Centre will:
Function as a much-needed tourist attraction
in Durham Region,
Attract between 50000 and 100000 visitors
Provide spin-off revenue to the local area.
The cost of constructing the Centre
is $8 million.
For further information, please contact Friends
office at (905)723-5047.
The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre
Friends is actively
engaged in planning for the construction of the Great Lakes Wetlands
Centre, to be located on a site located immediately adjacent to
Second Marsh on Colonel Sam Drive.
The Centre will feature
a Large Viewing Deck, state-of-the-art Exhibit Space, Classroom and
Meeting Space, a Restaurant, a Gift Shop, a Book Store, and much
Benefits of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre
and Environmental Benefits will be gained from the Centre. It will:
opportunities to enhance new and existing educational
Enhance the profile
of Friends within the GTA as an environmental resource for the
and businesses on the importance of having an urban wetland in
Oshawa and Durham
Region will enjoy many economic benefits. The Centre will:
Function as a
valuable tourist attraction in Durham Region, attracting
thousand of students, tourists and community visitors each year.
substantial spin-off revenue,
Full-Time Jobs and Numerous Part-Time Positions and Construction
Our partners will
be given the opportunities to:
Environmental Leadership position.
Join with leaders
affecting environmental change through increased Public
Education and Awareness.
Community to experience first-hand the Environmental Issues
surrounding the protection of wetlands in Ontario.
Leadership and Community Investment in the GTA.
Display their brand
name in a Profile Building with High Annual Visitorship.
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