Measure T must pass with a majority vote (over 50 percent) from Fairfield voters in order for the non-profit organization, Pacific Flyway Fund, to move forward with its project. A “yes” vote will allow Fairfield to extend its city limits to include the project’s proposed site, near Interstate 680 at the Gold Hill interchange, and will also permit the city to provide essential services such as water, sewer and other utilities to the site – all of which the center has promised to pay for.
Passing the measure is the first step in bringing the educational facility and public attraction to Fairfield, which will allow visitors of all ages to explore the wonders of the Pacific Flyway and the Suisun Marsh. It’s estimated the facility could bring up to 500,000 new visitors to our area every year.
The Pacific Flyway is a 10,000-mile “superhighway in the sky” stretching from Alaska to the tip of South America. Each year, millions of ducks, geese and other birds travel the flyway on their annual migration.
Located at the heart of the Flyway, within the Suisun Marsh, the proposed Pacific Flyway Center is a 95,000 sq. ft facility that will include an interpretive center, theater and food services, as well as outdoor trails and boardwalks in managed wetlands. The 50-acre “Marsh Walk” will allow visitors to come face-to-face with waterfowl and other wildlife in the wetlands. Visitors will experience first-hand the magic that happens every day in the marsh.
The mission of this center is to inspire conservation of the Pacific Flyway while also educating children about the importance of wetlands and wildlife in the Suisun Marsh, the largest brackish wetland in the United States.
Early estimates suggest that up to 500,000 people may visit the center annually. The center will be open six or seven days a week, with 30 weeks of high season visitation planned in the fall, winter and spring. The center will be very family and education oriented, with 35 percent of weekday traffic and 15 percent of weekend traffic projected to be schools and tour groups arriving in buses. It’s believed the average visitor will stay at the center for approximately three hours.
Measure T is not a tax. The Pacific Flyway Center will be designed, built and operated by the nonprofit, Pacific Flyway Fund.
For more information: http://www.pacificflywaycenter.org/