The City of Ormond Beach Commission envisioned an Environmental Discovery Center for many years. The Volusia ECHO grant, procured in April 2014, along with the hard work of City staff, multiple advisory boards, past and present City Commissioners, volunteer committees, and many others behind the scenes collectively allowed it to become a reality. Funds from the Volusia ECHO matching grant, representing 50% of the estimated cost of $800,000, permitted the construction to begin. Central Park was chosen as the location because of its diverse ecosystems and abundant plants and wildlife.
The City of Ormond Beach held a public meeting to seek input regarding the future development of the City's first Environmental Discovery Center on November 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at The Casements. The public was encouraged to attend this meeting as the City was requesting ideas and suggestions for future programming and activities to incorporate into the operation of the center.