City Agrees To Increased Access, Educational Center In East Park Reservoir

 

Photo: Maria Pouchnikova, for City Paper

Katie Newsom Pastuszek is moving Outward Bound Philadelphia to East Park Reservoir | Maria Pouchnikova, City Paper

  • Last month, says City Paper, the City finally agreed to lease the East Park Reservior, a sprawling 43-acre wilderness last used in official capacity in the 1950s, to two groups: Audubon Pennsylvania, which will ensure the ecological stability of this important migratory stop for hundreds of East Coast bird species, and Outward Bound Philadelphia, which will move there from its cramped headquarters at the Sedgley Porter House. “On the southern shore of the reservoir, the groups [collectively, the East Park Leadership and Conservation Center (EPLCC)] plan to build a 16,000-square-foot ‘Discovery Center’ that will include wildlife-viewing areas, classrooms, and space for Outward Bound parties to prepare for their expeditions [through the reservoir site]. The $11 million building is slated for completion in 2016. Outdoors, the development will include hiking trails, observation decks, a canoe dock and a ropes course for Outward Bound’s physical-challenge activities.”
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