April 14 – Spanish Fort, AL
Greetings from Alabama!
NOAA started out its weekend of festivities with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Five Rivers Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama, near Mobile. The new Nature Center Complex, part of the Five Rivers-Delta Resource Center, opened Friday. The Five Rivers is designed to promote the headwaters of Mobile Bay, focusing on the Tensaw River Delta.
The center, managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, aims to promote outdoor recreation, conservation education, and land stewardship. Five Rivers occupies more than 80 acres in Spanish Fort. It features wharfs, walking trails, and landings for canoe and kayak tours. It is designed to serve both as a recreational gateway to the Delta and as a focal point for conservation and environmental education efforts. The center includes a visitors’ center, a facility for renting or buying canoes and kayaks, walking trails, picnic shelters, and educational kiosks.
The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is the second-largest river delta in the nation and is a prime location to see wildlife, especially along the Bartram Canoe Trail. The center is located across from Meaher State Park on the Mobile Bay Causeway in Spanish Fort.
The 5 Rivers facilities were built from a combination of state and federal funds. The federal funds were committed through NOAA.
“5 Rivers is truly a gateway to adventure with outdoor recreation, educational and stewardship activities all set within the beautiful backdrop of the Delta and coastal Alabama,” said Timothy Keeney, deputy assistant secretary at NOAA. “Through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has been able to fund more than 600 projects including habitat protection and restoration, land acquisition, and water quality improvement projects.”
“The work that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has done, and continues to do, is extraordinary. NOAA is proud to be a part of this venture.”
To learn more about Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, visit http://www.outdooralabama.com/.
The Five Rivers Center was officially open after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Timothy Keeney, deputy assistant secretary at NOAA, admires the new dedication plaque.
Visitors explore the new Five Rivers Center.