University to Break Ground and Raise “Now Under Construction” Sign
Little River Canyon Center
June 11th, residents of Fort
Payne and community leaders will raise a sign
indicating that Jacksonville
Little River Canyon Center is “Now under Construction.” Long awaited by all who have been following
its development, the project represents over a decade of fund raising,
congressional support, advice from local residents, and many innovations such
as an environmentally friendly design.
“This is a
public event and we hope that everybody will come out to help us kick off this
eighteen-month construction project” said William A. Meehan, President of JSU.
June 11th event will be held starting at 8:00 a.m., on-site near the Highway 35
Bridge. In addition to the groundbreaking and “Now under Construction” sign
raising, the event will feature architectural renderings, floor plans, three
dimensional models, building materials, a construction schedule and many of the
partners who have made this project possible. Parking will be assisted by the
DeKalb County Sherriff’s office and Alabama State Troopers.
will be built as a public facility that is centered on the Little River Canyon
National Preserve, near the Highway 35 Bridge at the Cherokee and
line. It will include a state of the art exhibit hall, meeting spaces, an
education store, outdoor walking trails, classrooms, and office space for the
National Park Service.
to speak at the 9:00 a.m. event are the following: JSU President Meehan,
JSU Trustee Randy Owen, US Congressmen Robert Aderholt, and Bud Cramer, State
Senator Lowell Barron, State Representative Richard Lindsey, Commissioner of
the Department of Agriculture and Industry Ron Sparks, County Commissioners Sid
Holcomb and Brant Craig, Alabama Tourism and Travel Director Lee Sentell,
National Park Service Superintendent John Bundy and others.
be a great time for all to celebrate our getting started with this long awaited
construction,” said Little River Canyon Field School Director Pete Conroy. He continued, “We hope and expect that this
project will bring economic development, education and a national model for
information about the project, visit http://epic.jsu.edu/.
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