The purpose of the project is to connect the community to its natural surroundings and the many activities they offer. The center will provide geographical, cultural, historical and recreational information about the peninsula portion of Dauphin Island Parkway – the southernmost part of the City of Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama.
The Visitor Center project features repurposing a former USTD site into a green facility showcasing Mobile’s coastal ecotourism opportunities in Dog River and Mobile Bay by developing and implementing an in-person, low-impact development-based, digital technology kiosk with a local, regional, state and coastal resource directory for citizens and tourists.
The implementation of this marketing tool will educate the public about Mobile’s water-based recreational opportunities, natural resources and the need for low impact re-development while boosting the community’s economy.
Recreational activities featured will include: The Dog River Scenic Blueway (3 access points – Robinson Bayou Landing and both Perch Creek East & West Landings); the Crepe Myrtle Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail along Mobile Bay’s western shoreline and the community’s western boundary with the Dog River Loop of the trail; 3 popular public fishing locations- McNally Park, Perch Creek and Helen Wood Park; weekly seasonal sail boat race watching from McNally Park; nearby kayak and windboard rentals; sailing lessons at Mobile Yacht Club; birdwatching/photography along the newly established AL Birding Trail. The area also hosts the last fueling stop for America’s Great Loop-the continuous waterway that encompasses the eastern portion of North America bringing hundreds of boaters to the Gulf Coast region via the Tennessee -Tombigbee waterway where they can access Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico serving as the international doorway to the Americas.
- Dog River Scenic Blueway
- Perch Creek Nature Trail and Preserve & Birding Trail
- Crepe Myrtle Bike Trail
…And has the following supporters:
- National Parks Service River Trails
- Dog River Clearwater Revival (DRCR)
- Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (ADCNR)
- City of Mobile
- Mobile United
- and more!