Discovery Park of America, currently under construction in Union City, TN, will soon offer visitors a world-class educational and entertainment experience. With more than 70,000 SF of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art, the 50-acre complex will open in mid-2013.
Discovery Park’s mission is education: To enhance children and adults’ educational experiences and to inspire them to reach their full potential. Discovery Park’s exhibits and programs will compel visitors of all ages to “see beyond” their current level of knowledge in many areas.
The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation is Discovery Park’s principal benefactor. The Kirkland’s are long-time supporters of education in the area. Their foundation has donated or committed approximately $70 million to the creation of Discovery Park and has created a program of $2-3 million continuing support after opening for operational support and expansion.
COOPERATION AND INVOLVEMENT
Discovery Park of America is a cooperative endeavor with the citizens of Union City, as well as Obion and surrounding counties. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers are helping plan each area of the venue. Local and state government has also taken an active role in the Park’s development.
The centerpiece of Discovery Park will be Discovery Center, a 100,000-square-foot building that will showcase ten exhibit galleries: Children’s Exploration, Energy, Enlightenment, Military, Native Americans, Natural History, Regional History, Science/Space/Technology, and Transportation. In addition, a Special Exhibit Gallery will feature travelling exhibits.
Discovery Center’s multi-story atriums will be filled with exhibits that invite visitors to open their minds to a greater understanding and appreciation of our world…past, present and future.