On June 22, the Park District Board of Directors unanimously awarded a contract to build an interpretive center at Big Break Regional Shoreline. The San Francisco-based company Project Frog will create the 5,500 square foot pre-fabricated building, scheduled to open next year. The Board voted 6-0 in favor of the contract, with Board member Ayn Wieskamp absent.
"We have the infrastructure and parking lot in place, a fishing pier, and the Delta Discovery Experience is now complete," said EBRPD Chief of Design and Construction Diane Althoff. "The interpretive center will be the 'cherry on top'". The project is partially funded by a $2.5 million grant from the State of California's Proposition 84.
In the meantime, Big Break Regional Shoreline is already open to the public with trails, fishing access, and a large-scale interactive map of the Delta region. The map, part of the Delta Discovery Experience, allows visitors to see how water flows through the region. The map was designed, fabricated and installed by Scientific Art Studio, based in Richmond, California.
Other elements of the Delta Discover Experience include two service buildings, a small outdoor amphitheater with shade structure, turf and family picnic sites and a small sand play area for children.
A public open house will be held at Big Break on Saturday, July 9 from 9 am to 12 pm. There will be arts and crafts and programs by the District's naturalists. There is no cost to attend. Parking is also free.