September 27, 2004

Partners unveil final phase of unique urban wetland

CALGARY, ALTA-A unique wetland oasis has been completed right in the middle of Calgary, with last week's unveiling of the final phase of the Pearce Estate Park Interpretive Wetland in the city's Inglewood district. The 14.6-hectare, $2.3 million development consists of a series of constructed aquatic habitats designed to promote conservation and ecology of aquatic habitats through interpretive signage, nature trails and educational programs. It was developed through a partnership involving government, industry and the not-for-profit sector and built by thousands of volunteers who put 18,000 hours of work into the project over the past five years. Major partners include BP Canada Energy Company, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the city of Calgary, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery Volunteer Society. Hundreds of conservation-minded community businesses have also supported the project. The interpretive wetland is adjacent to the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery. It will also provide an "outdoor classroom" for the Bow Habitat Station, a new education-interpretive center located at the Hatchery, which will be completed in fall 2005.
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