Board Members Celebrate Environmental Education Center Grand Opening

Watson Haynes II at Brooker Creek

Watson Haynes II, Governing Board chair, and Ronnie Duncan, Governing Board member, were on hand to celebrate the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center grand opening.

The $1.4 million center is equipped with an auditorium that seats 250 people, three fully equipped classroom/laboratories, an exhibit gallery with hands-on displays, and a system of boardwalks and trails that will provide wilderness experiences to an estimated 175,000 visitors annually.

Haynes and Duncan also co-chair the District’s Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board, which helped fund the center. Funding is divided as follows: Pinellas County — $1.2 million, Pinellas-Anclote River Basin — $200,000.

The Brooker Creek watershed is located in northeastern Pinellas County and northwestern Hillsborough County.