Discovery Place Nature
Discovery Place Nature
Mecklenburg County and Discovery Place are partnering to develop the new Discovery Place Nature on the site of the current facility. This new facility will instill environmental awareness and increase science literacy in our community. The project will include a new nature center, associated parking, and programming and improvements within the approximately 8-acre site within Freedom Park. Additional experiences envisioned for the new Discovery Place Nature nature trails, a canopy walk, demonstration pavilions, forest moments, and creek interactions, among other similar elements.
Project Update: March 3, 2022
Mecklenburg County and Discovery Place would like to provide community residents with an update on the progress for the new Discovery Place Nature facility in Freedom Park. During the COVID-19 pandemic, work on the design for Discovery Place Nature was slowed following the completion of the Schematic Design. Work on the project resumed in the spring of 2021 and continues to progress. The design team and contractor have recently completed Design Development drawings and budget estimates for the project. The site layout and building program remain the same as what was shared with residents in early 2020. The project team is now undergoing the preparation of the Construction Documents Phase, which will lead to the Bidding Phase of the project.
Site construction for Discovery Place Nature is anticipated to begin in early 2023 with an anticipated construction completion and opening in the summer of 2024. In the coming months, Mecklenburg County and Discovery Place will provide regular updates on the project, including final facility renderings and schedule highlights.
Between now and early 2023, our design and construction team will be conducting work on the site to ensure the final design respects the site and its natural setting. This work will have minimal impact on the use of the current Discovery Place Nature site, Freedom Park and Little Sugar Creek Greenway. In mid-March, stakes and flagging will be installed on site to evaluate proposed site improvements and their relation to existing trees and site features.
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