River Parkway Trust to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for new barn at the River Center

November 8, 2018 

barnFRESNO, CA - The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reconstructed barn at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies. Special guests will include the Fort Washington Elementary School Choir and architect Michael Boudreau who will talk about the design process.

Reconstructing the circa 1925 River Center dairy barn has been included in every plan for the River Center property since the Trust acquired the site from Vulcan Materials Company in 2001.To maintain the historic integrity of the site, the new barn is a wooden replica structure with the same proportions and design as the original barn.

The new barn will be used as a meeting and activity space for field trips and summer camp programs at the River Center. The facility will meet the Trust’s need for a covered space for large groups of people and children, especially in inclement weather. Its proximity to the Hidden Homes Trail, a ½ mile loop trail featuring larger-than-life-size animal habitats, makes the space perfect for a variety of environmental education programs. The barn will help the Trust expand its capacity to provide environmental education to more local children.

The project was made possible by a generous private donor and a matching grant from The Whitney Foundation.

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 9:30 am at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, 11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno, CA, 93730.


Sarah Parkes, Director of Annual Giving 
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