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Input on Havasu’s planned environmental learning center sought

August 10, 2018

The public’s input is being sought by the team researching the economic feasibility of Lake Havasu City’s impending environmental learning center.

As part of the Vision 20/20 Implementation Plan, the environmental learning center is planned to be constructed within the Havasu Riviera project for the purpose of water research and education on the Lower Colorado River. In March, Jones Studio, Inc. was awarded $206,680 to conduct an economic analysis of the center. Of Havasu’s $2 million prize for placing second in the America’s Best Communities contest last year, $500,000 is allocated for the center and will be used to cover the costs of the economic analysis.

During the group’s first public presentation and workshop Thursday, they asked attendees to rank a number of indoor and outdoor program elements to help the group focus in on what is desired at the center. A water quality lab, amphitheater, hydroponics, outdoor classrooms, sculpture garden, observatory and gift shop were among the list of elements.

“We’re trying to figure out what everybody needs, what everybody’s dreams are for this facility and maybe even take it a step beyond that and understand what the extreme possibilities would be,” said Brian Farling of Jones Studio, Inc. “Then we’re going to take all the information…and make a booklet that we use as sort of a bible to then design the building further down the road.”

Anyone who could not attend Thursday’s meeting can provide input at www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSWQZDR by August 16. Data collected from the surveys will be used through the group’s next phases of the design process, the survey’s webpage states.

“The feasibility study is ongoing, that’s being drafted and manipulated as we go through this process,” said Jeremy Abbott, the city’s assistant engineer. “The feedback that we get from this meeting (and) the survey…will help determine what we do first and then maybe, based on those financial implications, what might come later.”

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