The Orlando Science Center is moving forward with plans for a $30 million renovation project with recent donation pledges.
Phase one of the project includes moving KidsTown, an area for children 7 and under, to the second floor and expanding it. When finished, KidsTown will be three times the size at 11,000-sq-ft. Construction is expected to start next spring, and be completed by the end of 2016.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced June 15 that the city will contribute $675,000 to the project, which emphasises STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education.
— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 15, 2015
Then on June 18, the James M. Cox Foundation announced it will $300,000 to the project. All totaled, almost $5 million has been raised so far for the complete renovation that will span several years.
The Orlando Science Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary, with an anticipated 500,000 visitors this year. The planned projects will serve to increase the OSC’s longevity and partnership with the community.
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