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Nature photography center at Secor Metropark to close for renovations

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Metropark's Scott Carpenter and gallery manager Karen Pugh show the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark which is to be renovated. Metropark's Scott Carpenter and gallery manager Karen Pugh show the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark which is to be renovated.
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A nature photography center at Secor Metropark is to close for renovations and expansion on Monday.

The Metroparks of Toledo will spend $500,000 on the project. The National Center for Nature Photography, built in the 1950s, has about 2,000-square feet. The project will add 1,000 square feet and give the building a fresh look and improvements. The project is to be completed in August.

The building at the park that is in Sylvania and Richfield townships is part of a larger structure and was not designed as a viewing space, park officials said.

The building originally housed a children's discovery center and the photo center was opened in 2003, said Karan Pugh, gallery manager.

The gallery displays images of regional and local nature to try to teach nature appreciation.

The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark will be upgraded and expanded. The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark will be upgraded and expanded.
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Metroparks spokesman Scott Carpenter said the project will add gallery space and office and storage rooms will be relocated to the second floor.

The new layout of the gallery will be geared toward displaying artwork.

In addition, light fixtures will be replaced with lighting better suited to artwork viewing. Officials are consulting area art museums for advice on lighting, she said.

The project will add teaching rooms for programming on the first floor and include new flooring and a remodeled kitchen for the Secor Room community hall.

Also included will be added outdoor patios, landscaping, and interpretive materials that will allow visitors to learn more about the Oak Openings Region, an ecosystem which the park is a part of.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 



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