Model of Fitzgerald interpretive center to be revealed Wednesday

Press release

By on Sun, November 9, 2008

You’re invited to a public meeting at the Harbor House in Princeton on Wednesday Nov 12, from 7 to 8:30pm, to view a draft model of a proposed outdoor interpretive exhibitfor the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. It will be located in the parking lot adjacent to the site of the future visitor center. The Harbor House is located at 346 Princeton Avenue in Princeton.  

The draft interpretive exhibit represents the low, medium and high tide zones of the reef with plant and animal species authentically sized, colored and located.  The exhibit will serve as a gateway to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve supporting informal individual and family visits, formal education, as well as launching the tours of docent-led school groups to the Moss Beach reef. 

Visitors will learn about the hierarchy of the reef from low to high tide inhabitants and learn about the habits of individual species. The Exhibit will be fabricated in concrete and be fully colored. A rubberized surface will surround the exhibit to create an accessible climbable structure. An interpretive sign located independently of the exhibit, will identify the species and describe the tidal zones. 

At the Public Meeting, County Park staff and representatives from Chiodo Art Development will make short presentations, answer questions and accept public comment about the project. 

From October 28, 2008 and November 10, 2008, the model will be on display at 455 County Center, 4th Floor.  The public is welcome to view the model from Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am and 5 pm.  Photos of the model, species lists and site location map are also posted on the County Park website.

For more information, view the County Park website at or contact Cecily Harris at (650) 363-4027 or [email protected].

Funding for the design of the project comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s National Marine Sanctuary Program.