STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – From birdies, to birds.
A former golf course has been transformed into a nature preserve, and now a Heritage Center that’s under construction on the property is almost near completion.
The former Evergreen Golf Course near the old Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort is reverting back to its original form.
“We need to connect people with nature more now than ever,” says Bob Heil, Executive Director, Brodhead Watershed Association.
It’s a well known spot for fly fishing. Heil adds, “[it’s a] very enjoyable experience.”
The former cart path has been converted into a walking trail. There’s even a designated spot to watch a nearby eagle’s nest.
An old clubhouse on the course was torn down, to make way for The Brodhead Creek Heritage Center.
There are plans for a fly fishing museum, exhibits for kids, informational areas, and a live eagle cam.
Heil explains, “we’ll be able to have a screen in there so people can observe a local eagle’s nest that’s actually on this property.”
Stroud Township owns the building, but the Brodhead Watershed Association and the Pocono Heritage Land Trust will benefit from the project.
“We’ll have our headquarters here, pocono heritage land trust will have their headquarters here, and this will be a opportunity for a lot of environmental programs for the community,” Heil adds.
A new building, building relationships with nature.
Construction is expected to be complete in late September. Grants, fundraisers, and private donations helped pay for the Heritage Center, which costs about $600,000 dollars.