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Norcliffe Foundation Grants FOTHR $225K

 The Norcliffe Foundation just announced they have awarded the Friends of the Hidden River a $225,000 grant. The grant will be used to build out one of the laboratories at the new Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center.

The Friends of the Hidden River have worked for the past nine years to create a environmental education and community center as a mitigation for siting the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment facility in our community.  During this period of time the Friends team first worked to get community support to have King County select this project as an environmental mitigation. Once the mitigation was announced Friends went great lengths to get capital monies to build out this project. Now, with the 14,780 sqft Center rapidly becoming a reality, the Norcliffe grant monies will be used to complete one of the learning laboratories which are key to the function of the Center. 

Aaron Feik, the President of the Friends, stated, "We are really proud of the Norcliffe Foundation.  This grant represents a key step towards building out the USGBC LEED Platinum designed Education Center.  We just recently finished completing the 2400 sqft Outreach Storage Facility, so this news is really exciting.  We worked really hard to earn the Foundation's trust in our abilities to work together to make the Environmental Education Center project a success and now we want to give a big thank you to the Norcliffe team."

Feik went on to say, "The Brightwater Environment Education and Community Center project is ahead of schedule and we will be helping King County in the big Grand Opening on September 24th 2011. In the future this project will be a national model of a public private partnership in environmental education.  We look forward to having young and older members of our community come on down and join us in the big celebration! "

Click here to go to King County's new website for the Center!

Added on 06/17/2011

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