CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites the media to attend the ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center located at 2446 N. Oso Parkway. The ceremony will start at 9am on Friday, June 10th. City officials, along with agencies and individuals who provided the seed money to make this nature preserve a reality will be in attendance. It will be followed by fun activities for all ages and an opportunity to tour the facility. The project emphasis is in nature, science, environmental awareness and enjoyment of the great outdoors.
The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center is 162 acres of coastal wetland ecosystem with over four miles of nature trails with scenic overlooks as well as a learning center with teaching space and education exhibits, as well as a playground and pond. The purpose of the preserve is to learn about the importance of protecting the wetlands for future generations to enjoy and about the ecosystem it supports, like the wildlife which call it their home.
The land once served as agricultural and cattle land, and at one point a brick factory. The land previously belonged to the Carr and Gaines families. Project partners include the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Trust for Public Land, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas General Land Office, Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, Harte Research Institute, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department, CITGO, and Hogan Homes.
The project funding was also provided through the City of Corpus Christi 2008 Bond Program and the City Enrichment Funds.