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Officials Break Ground for Expanded Living Planet Aquarium in Utah

Wednesday, October 31 2012 06:55   Western Travel Buzz
The next chapter in the story of the Living Planet Aquarium in Utah began Oct. 24, 2012 when the founder and members of the board of trustees kicked off construction of the aquarium's new location in Draper City.

The groundbreaking ceremony cleared the way for construction of a 136,000-square-foot, $20 million expansion, set to open to the public on December 2013.

jimloveland_brentandersenThe expanded aquarium will take visitors from the Utah deserts and mountains, to rain forest habitats, to the planet's vast oceans.

"With the tremendous efforts of a remarkable team of staff, volunteers, donors and board of trustees the aquarium has grown over 50 percent through the recession, confirming the demand for a larger aquarium in Utah," said Brent Andersen, founder and CEO.

The aquarium has continued to grow since opening in a small space in 2004 at The Gateway and, since 2006, in Sandy, Utah at 725 E. 10600 South.

The new aquarium, officially named the ‘Loveland Living Planet Aquarium', will be located in Draper City at 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway and will provide a new and exciting activity in which the whole family can participate throughout the entire year.

In addition to pure entertainment, it will offer expanded educational programs, field trips, and hands-on learning that would not otherwise be accessible to Utah's children. The Sandy location will close Sept. 8, 2013 to allow for transition into the new building.

The current 43,000-square-foot aquarium in Sandy is on track to land over 450,000 visitors this year, and provides science education to an additional 50,000 elementary school students statewide.

Conservatively, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is expected to attract 530,000 visitors per year as a family oriented destination for Utah residents as well as tourists.

"A larger aquarium will become a major destination spot which will enhance local and statewide economies by generating economic activity and supporting jobs," said Rep. Tim Cosgrove, a member of the aquarium board of trustees.

"It is estimated that the project will support over 300 construction jobs and generate $800,000 in tax revenues for the State each year," Cosgrove added.

The aquarium will serve to showcase ecosystems from around the world such as marine, freshwater and rain forests to name a few, and how they work together to form one global ecosystem. For more information, visit the Website at .


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