Scottsdale Desert Discovery Center community workshop set for Nov. 30

A view of the Gateway to the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. (Photo credit: Chris Brown)

A view of the Gateway to the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. (Photo credit: Chris Brown)

The public is invited to attend a community workshop to participate in the planning process for the proposed Desert Discovery Center concept.

The workshop is from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Venue 8600, 8600 E. Anderson Drive in downtown Scottsdale. Registration is required and several time slots are available between 3 and 7 p.m.

Register at or call 480-312-7250.

Workshop participants will be introduced to the project’s experience designer — Thinc Design and, architect, Swaback Partners. Representatives from both firms will lead a workshop that will highlight the new Desert Discovery Center concept planned for the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which is located at the Preserve perimeter — Thompson Peak and about Bell Road.

The Desert Discovery Center concept is envisioned as an interpretive education and research center focused on understanding the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and what it can teach current and future generations regarding conserving, living in and adapting to desert environments.

This community workshop is an important step in the current process of determining what the DDC would cost to build and operate. This planning phase will be complete in August 2017.

Thinc Design has developed world-class projects of national and international significance that address history, natural history, culture and the environment. Learn more about their plans for the Scottsdale Desert Discovery Center here:

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