It's time to go Outdoors with Big Daddy -- as he explores the latest jewel in the "Emerald Necklace."
The Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek opens June 21.
WKYC Photojournalist Carl "Big Daddy" Bachtel gives us a tour of this state-of-the-art facility.
Center manager Gayle Albers and her crew are putting the finishing touches on the property. It's built on a reclaimed garbage dump.
All it's construction is watershed friendly, from the "green" rooftop of the main facility to the rain chains and cistern, to the stream bed, complete with current breaks to prevent erosion, to the parking lot, complete with run-off controlling features.
Visitors will be knee-deep in watershed science.
They'll learn the basics of the water cycle and really get to know the watershed as far as what wildlife you find in a healthy watershed.
All the hard work constructing wetlands at the center have started to pay off, attracting winged migrants like a spotted sandpiper. It's just the beginning of turning blight into beauty, educating people on something they may take for granted.