News & Upcoming Events
Event - July 24, 2018
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Oakbrook Elementary School
700 Oakbrook Drive
Fairfield, CA 94534
The highly anticipated Pacific Flyway Center, a major interpretive and educational facility that will introduce the public to the wonders of the Flyway and the Suisun Marsh, may see construction take off as early as spring 2019.
Developers are currently working with the city of Fairfield to finish the project’s environmental review, use permit, and design review, which will lead to the first phase of construction, the outdoor marsh walk. Once complete, the outdoor park will be the facility’s main attraction, where visitors come face-to-face with waterfowl and other wetland birds.
The Pacific Flyway is a “superhighway in the sky” that stretches for 10,000 miles from the Arctic to Patagonia. Each year, more than a billion birds travel the Flyway on their annual migrations. Along the way, they need stopover sites with suitable habitat and food supplies. The Suisun Marsh, adjacent to Fairfield and Suisun City and northeast of San Francisco Bay, provides a vital stopover for migrating birds, as well as the 6 million waterfowl that call California home.
The Pacific Flyway Center’s main mission is to inspire conservation of the Flyway. Located off Interstate 680, the center will highlight the Pacific Flyway and inspire wildlife conservation and land stewardship.
The main building, a two-story structure with a form symbolic of wings of flights, will feature educational exhibits such as a Suisun Marsh tide model and tropical bird and butterfly aviaries, food and retail, event spaces, and a giant IMAX-style cinema to host educational programs and flight experience simulators.
Construction will be done in three phases over the next several years. The first phase will include the marsh walk, enhancements of the marsh and wetlands, and access roads. Developers anticipate the marsh walk will remain open to the public while construction on the buildings takes place.
The Pacific Flyway Center is the vision of Ken Hofmann, who made a significant commitment of funds and energy to acquire the property, and allow for the planning, design, and permitting of the center over the next three years through the Pacific Flyway Fund. Additional funding will be provided by public, private, and matching dollars. The project also has strong partnerships with Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl Association, the National Audubon Society, the University of California, Davis, and the Suisun Resource Conservation Board.
All these partners and Pacific Flyway Center representatives will be at an Open House set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 24 at Oakbrook Elementary School, 700 Oakbrook Drive, in Fairfield. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the project and how the various partners will be involved.
The Pacific Flyway Fund Team