Planning for the future of the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes is well underway. Cornerstone Architects, a highly qualified architectural firm has been retained to develop the design for new buildings on a beautiful campus that will best serve the members of the Discovery Center and the community.
In early October, Pam Evans, lead consultant from NorthSky Nonprofit Network, facilitated a planning summit involving members of all of the Discover Center’s member organizations. Community focus groups will be conducted by NorthSky in November. Following that, a survey will be submitted to a broad range of people to get their input on potential plans
These activities will glean new and creative ideas from folks from around our region, well as identifying what the community needs might be fulfilled by an expanded Discovery Center.
Recent improvements at Greilickville Harbor Park and the upcoming and exciting proposed Elmwood Marina improvement project will continue to expand the potential for the M-22 corridor in Greilickville to become a destination and waterfront attraction. Elmwood Township’s stated goal is to tout Greilickville as the “Gateway to Leelanau County.” The Township’s focus is now on developing a waterfront district throughout the corridor. A modernized and expanded Discovery Center fits squarely within those trends.
Today, on October 20, 2011, we launched this blog to share updates and new developments, as well as to capture feedback about the Discovery Center’s long-range facilities planning process.