After 45 years of inaccessibility, the East Fairmount Park Reservoir is poised to open again to the public.
The project began Tuesday afternoon with Mayor Michael Nutter announcing the launch of The Discovery Center. This $16 million outdoor education center will provide 50 acres of open space within close proximity to residents of Strawberry Mansion and for city residents who make use of Fairmount Park.
Outward Bound and National Audubon Society, two international, environmental nonprofits, began planning and fundraising for The Discovery Center in 2009. It will have indoor classrooms and many outdoor perks, including trails, a canoe launching platform and climbing walls.
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