The Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge
By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
October 10, 2009 marked the public opening of the 212 acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge on the Christina River in Wilmington. It is located at the end of Justison St., past Frawley Stadium and the Riverfront Restaurants. Seen as a chance to get city residents and other urban dwellers interested in the natural world around them and a chance to re-establish species that once thrived along the Christina River, the center is named for former Delaware Governor Russell W. Peterson, author of the Coastal Zone Act, which stopped further industrial development along the Delaware coast. The Delaware Nature Society operates Environmental Education Center here where the city, river, and marsh meet. On opening day, the public had a chance to check out the site's features. The Wilmingto...