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Mystic - The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has hired two firms and a project manager to transform the Coogan Farm property into a heritage and nature center, and has set Sept. 4-6 for its grand opening celebration.
"We are forging ahead with the restoration of Coogan Farm," said nature center Executive Director Maggie Jones. "Now that spring is finally here we are excited to have these talented architects and designers on board to begin to turn the vision for Coogan into a reality. We are looking forward to expanding the benefits of the Nature Center into Mystic and the region. "
The center has hired Phil Biondo as the project manager to oversee all the work on the 45-acre property.
The architectural firm of Lindsay Liebig Roche of New London will design the renovations to the Coogan Farmhouse and the white barn while Kent + Frost landscape architects of Mystic will plan the trails and other outdoor recreation areas.
The master plan being designed by Kent+Frost will include the construction of the Hamm Outdoor Classroom Pavilion and a Greenmanville Trail to honor the history of Coogan Farm in the mid-1800s sustaining the Greenman brothers' shipbuilders, which today is the site of Mystic Seaport.
An official ribbon cutting will be Thursday, Sept. 4, and a community-wide picnic and hoedown will be Saturday Sat. 6. Details will be available soon at www.dpnc.org.
Some naming opportunities remain for major gifts made to renovate the farmhouse, butcher shop, build trails, and create viewing platforms around the property.
Anyone interested in more information can call Linda Thacher Visscher at the Nature Center, (860) 536-1216.