last week's report on the reopening of the Maydale Nature Center in Silver Spring, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker - who sponsored the Council measure to reopen it - reports that the project has just secured $75,000 in Maryland state bond funding. The money will go toward acquisition, design and construction costs.
Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Craig Zucker were the sponsors of the bond bill in Annapolis.
The existing nature center at 1638 Maydale Drive fell into disrepair by 2007. It was determined by the Parks Department that renovation of the structure was not feasible. How the building was allowed to decline without oversight is unclear, but the building is 70 years old.
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin a year from now, and be completed by April 2018. The design phase will begin this July.