With heavy use, the ravages of time, and damage by Hurricane Irma, our decades-old meeting room has become structurally unsound and is no longer fit for public use. It must be replaced…and soon!
Thanks to your generous help, Flamingo Gardens raised $450,000 towards a new and upgraded Learning Annex to serve the 30,000 plus school children visiting on field trips and provide much-needed classroom space for our ecological programming.
The Flamingo Gardens Board of Trustees recently approved the relocation of the new Learning Center to the front entrance area. It will be incorporated with Phase I of the new Mary Porter Welcome Center and will now be called The Learning Annex at the Mary N. Porter Welcome Center.
The move is in response to the concerns raised during the permitting process to build on the former Meeting Room site- specifically the need to address fire truck access, proximity to a fire hydrant, parking, and night-time safety issues associated with the former site.
Relocating the building to the front entrance area provides:
By incorporating the Learning Center with Phase I of the new Welcome Center, we will now have the room, and the funds, to build a larger multi-purpose classroom space and larger bathrooms to more fully meet our needs.
The primary purpose of the Learning Annex continues to be to host the ecological education programs for tens of thousands of students, as well as meetings and classes for thousands of adults. It will also serve as a bunker for the animals during hurricanes.
The construction schedule of this project will have to be adjusted while we revise the drawings for the new site and go through the necessary permitting process and zoning approval with the Town of Davie. We anticipate demolition and groundbreaking to occur in June of 2020 and we aim to be completed by 2021. Read more about our Capital Campaign
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