Rochester Getting Safe Room at Nature Center

Updated: 04/24/2014 6:30 PM
Created: 04/24/2014 5:55 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester is lacking a safe room, but not for long. The center will soon update from their current basement shelter. The $500,000 project will be primarily covered by a FEMA grant, with a portion paid for by the city. The safe room will stand above ground in the back of the nature center facility.

The safe room will have the ability to hold 250 people, withstand 250 mile per hour winds and comply with FEMA tornado and storm shelter standards.

"I think it demonstrates the city's commitment to the park and rec system providing, not only great recreational opportunities, but also keeping in mind the safety of the people using the parks," said Pam Meyer, Quarry Hill Nature Center director.

The project will take around three years to complete and the city plans to build other safe rooms in area parks in the future.