Before the winds set in Sunday afternoon, I went on a nice walk into Scioto Audubon Metro Park, which is transforming the Whittier Peninsula west of Front Street. During the past year, Metro Parks has begun to transform the land into a proper green space, adding new boat launches and observation decks over the Scioto River.

The big news in the area has been construction on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (rendered above), the first nature center built by the national conservation group so close to an urban area. It's about a 15-minute walk from Downtown. Ground broke months back, and the foundation and utility work look to be well underway.

Also noteworthy are the completion of a mulched trail through a meadow just off from the main paved section. It looks great. This is a hotspot for birding -- sparrows, y'all! -- and the trail offers a nice view over the river. Debris and gravel near a series of wetland cells where Whittier Street ends have filled in with grasses. Picnic tables have been added near an auxilary parking lot nearby.

The Canada geese looked content. I also saw red-tailed hawk, northern mockingbirds, house sparrows, great egrets, great blue herons and a few unidentified warblers. Not a bad trip. Can't wait to see what unfolds over there.

[Audubon Center] [Scioto Aubudon Metro Park]