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Grand Opening of Environmental Center huge success

Friends staff helps King County make Grand Opening of Environmental Education and Community Center and Brightwater Treatment Plant a resounding success!!

The sun shone brightly on the morning of Sept 24th as over 2400 local residents watched the "Flipping of the Switch" event which simultaneously opened both the Environmental Education and Community Center and the Brightwater Treatment Plant.t.  The festivities opened with the Cascadia Swing Band welcoming visitors to the big event.  The grounds were already full of folks eager to see their brand spanking new, extremely energy efficient, Environmental Education Community Center and Treatment Facility.  Both are state of the art designs. 

The USGBC LEED Platinum designed Environmental Center will host many community events, parties and education visits and camps in the years to come.  In addition the Brightwater Treatment Facility will be cleaning water to the highest level in the Pacific Northwest.  Cleaning up the Sound starts at home, except for our wastewater.  Now the wastewater from South Snohomish County and North King County will be cleaned so that it can be used from agriculture, lawns and gardens. 

Visitors to the Grand Opening were welcomed to the "Flipping of the Switch" ceremony.  Afterwards folks proceeded to see the combined tribes "Blessing  the Water" in a moving event at Delta Pond. 

The free shuttle buses kept bringing in full loads from Woodinville all morning to tour the Art, the Architecture, the Plant, the Trails and the Center.  Friends staff helped in any capacity possible, on the Marketing Team, event set up, tour guides and docents in the laboratory.  In fact, the Hands on science activities held in the two new learning laboratories were especially well attended.   Also, over 40 different organizations hosted Information booths that ranged from organizations like the Friends of the Hidden River, NatureVision, Eastside Audubon, the Northwest Bio Diesel group, the Friends of North Creek, and the crew from King County Hazards on the Homefront. 

One of the very moving events occurred when Marie Hartford's Horace Mann dancers performed "Something in the Water" followed by "Man in the Mirror".  What made these first dances even more incredible is that they were performed by 6th and 5th graders.

Hundreds of students and adults hit the trails in the North Forty.  Many climbed to the top of towering Meadow Hill, giving the tenacious hikers a magnificent view of the surrounding area. 

All in all this was a fitting ending of the Friends effort to build and Environmental Center that happens to treat wastewater.  This was also a fitting beginning to Friends efforts to build down to earth environmental programs the help citizens, young and old, learn to balance their individual wants with need to maintain a healthy, sustainable environmental in the Puget Sound region.

Added on 09/25/2011

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Environmental Education, Friends of Hidden River Events, Major Projects, Membership by The Friends of the Hidden River News