The Randell Research Center held a special ribbon-cutting officially opening a new walkway to the Smith Mound.
According to Cindy Bear, coordinator of programs and services, the old walkway needed to be replaced. During the summer about a dozen volunteers removed the old walkway and built the new walkway.
Dr. Bill Marquardt cut the "special" ribbon made of vines and strung between two trees at the foot of the bridge.
Dr. Bill Marquardt cuts the “special” ribbon to officially open the walkway, right.
The Randell Research Center is located in the Pineland community of Pine Island. Pineland, on the southwest shore, is an internationally significant site of the Calusa Indians and encompasses more than 60 acres. The center conducts archaeological, historical and ecological research of the Calusa in Pineland.
On the Calusa Heritage Trail, visitors can tour site and learn about Calusa culture and their environment. The RRC book store is now open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Saturday (call 239-283-2157).
In addition, volunteers and students are able to participate in the ongoing research programs of the RRC, and members can follow this progress as they support the RRC.