Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
In 1990, SWIA in cooperation with the California State Parks (CSP), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) constructed the $1.2 million, 6,000-square-foot Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center at the northern end of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR). The Center, designed by architect Robert Quigley, later won the prestigious “Orchid Award” for design excellence.
SWIA served as project manager for the construction of the Visitor Center.Board members Harold Wasserman and Patricia McCoy were often seen on site sporting hard hats and shovels. SWIA also served as a funding conduit for the interpretive exhibits within the center that evolved over the next few years. SWIA also provides $5000 annually to the Tijuana River NERR for educational programs and equipment, volunteer appreciation, training, binational activities and special events. This financial assistance from SWIA is invaluable to Tijuana River NERR operations because it supports program areas that, due to state funding restrictions, could not otherwise be carried