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Great news for Ruffner Mountain’s Green award

October 14, 2009

We’re all looking forward to having easy access to the great new facilities at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, while we wait for street work to be completed. In the meantime, it’s nice to celebrate with the organization which recently won the Green Project of the Year Award at the Going Green Awards Luncheon sponsored by Birmingham Business Journal.

On hand to accept the award for the Tree Top Visitor Center were interim executive director Marilyn Raney and past board president Dr. Adam Robertson, along with Gray Plosser, Ronnie Collis and Amy Smith from architects KPS and Clinton Smith from contractor Stewart/Perry.

The widening of 81st Street South is underway right now, although weather may delay completion into November. Nature Center staff members are already in their offices in the new building and working hard to complete final work on exhibits, signage and a gate system.

While all that goes on, educational programs for schools and groups continue, as well as a few community meetings and a sneak peek for members of Ruffner Mountain. The trails are still open and promise great vistas and the leaves change colors in the fall. Contact Marilyn Raney or any one of the staff or check the website for the latest update, as we all get ready to join in the celebration by enjoying this new park addition.

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