STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – From birdies, to birds. A former golf course in the Poconos has officially become a nature preserve for the public to enjoy.
Welcome to the Brodhead Creek Heritage Center in Analomink. The brand-new building features a small museum with four displays, including ‘the flood of 1955’ and a relief map.
“There’s very high ceilings in that room and there will be a projector up top. It will project down different layers on the county map and show different kinds of data,” explains Louise Troutman, Executive Director, Pocono Heritage Land Trust.
Behind the building, the former golf cart path has been converted into a walking trail.
“People can walk the paths, look at eagles along the creek, look at the beavers, there are frogs in the pond. It’s just a great nature experience here at the park,” smiles Bob Heil, Executive Director, Brodhead Watershed Association.
The heritage center also provides office and meeting space for two organizations that work to preserve natural resources; Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Heritage Land Trust.
Troutman recalls, “we were both previously in donated office spaces that were much smaller and much harder to find. We were working in what we call a closet, and they worked in a basement.”
This property was the former golf course for Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort. Stroud Township bought the land in 2013, and now leases the building to the two non-profits for just $1 dollar.
“Now we have a nice, new building where they can call home and meet and do educational events,” explains Ed Cramer, Stroud Township supervisor.
The property provides access to fly-fishing, too. “Because this section of the Brodhead Creek is where fly-fishing originated,” Troutman adds.
A grand opening ceremony was held Thursday night at Brodhead Creek Heritage Center.