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See the 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 each year,

  • 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 more!

Benefits of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre

Several Educational and Environmental Benefits will be gained from the Centre.  It will:

  • Provide year-round opportunities to enhance new and existing educational programming.
  • Enhance the profile of Friends within the GTA as an environmental resource for the region.
  • Educate citizens and businesses on the importance of having an urban wetland in this region.

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.
  • Generate substantial spin-off revenue,
  • Generate 10 Full-Time Jobs and Numerous Part-Time Positions and Construction Jobs.

Our partners will be given the opportunities to:

  • Demonstrate their Environmental Leadership position.
  • Join with leaders affecting environmental change through increased Public Education and Awareness.
  • Invite the Community to experience first-hand the Environmental Issues surrounding the protection of wetlands in Ontario.
  • Demonstrate Market Leadership and Community Investment in the GTA.
  • Display their brand name in a Profile Building with High Annual Visitorship.

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