Editors Note: The following was submitted by the Friends of Birch Bay State Park, along with an invitation for all to attend the groundbreaking on April 20th.
The public is encouraged to attend a ground-breaking ceremony being held to celebrate construction of the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education.
The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 20, 2013; at the Birch Bay State Park, lower-day-use area.
The ceremony will begin with a musical piece from “Wingin It” and a welcome from Ted Morris-Park Manager. Representatives from the Friends of Birch Bay State Park; British Petroleum –Cherry Point refinery; mayors from various Whatcom communities; multiple engineering, design, and acquisition-related companies; and many other public and community organizations in Whatcom county who helped steer the project to today’s reality will also be in attendance.
Kathy Berg, will describe the multitude and magnitude of benefits that the Heron Center will provide to Birch Bay and the surrounding area. The digging of the first symbolic spades for this regional project will conclude the event.
The first construction phase of the project will involve preparing the area for the log cabin and patio area. Future phases will include native plantings and interpretive trail and signage donated by the late, Jerry Larson.
The vision for the Heron Center was developed by Scott Walker, President of the Friends of Birch Bay State Park. His desire to provide the local community with an environmental education center is coming to fruition.
Various entities that have financially contributed to this project: BP Cherry Point Refinery, ALCOA, Jerry Larson, Birch Bay State Park , local donors, Friends of Birch Bay State Park, countless volunteers made this dream a reality.
For more information you can contact the Friends of Birch Bay State Park website. www.fobbsp.org