Construction crews and park staff will break ground for a new nature center at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Construction crews and park staff will break ground for a new nature center at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The public ceremony will be held at 1271 Darby Creek Drive in Galloway, which is north of the parkís main entrance. Metro Parks expects the center to open in early fall 2012.

Slated to be nestled into a small hill, the 14,000-square-foot facility will highlight the parkís diverse natural offerings, including Big Darby Creek, a state and national scenic river.

The building will overlook adjacent pastures that contain a small herd of bison brought to the park in February. It also will stand across the street from a sprawling wetland complex thatís been taking shape since late last year.

Among the centerís more impressive features will be a living stream. The 53-foot-long exhibit will be a functioning aquatic ecosystem with fish, reptiles, amphibians, mussels, plants and invertebrates found naturally in the Darby watershed.

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