Miami Dade County Community Forum

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Science Museum in Bicentennial Park Gets Funding Boost

Phillip and Patricia Frost have given $35 million to the Science Museum to help pay for the new home of the museum in Bicentennial Park.

According to an article in Saturday's Miami Herald:

Combined with other pledges totaling $25 million, the Frosts’ gift gets the museum more than halfway to meeting its $100 million goal for private funding, and provides the campaign with the credibility and momentum needed to close the remaining gap rapidly, said museum director Gillian Thomas. And:

Dr. Frost said he and his wife hope the new museum will help propel Miami’s prospects as a center of science, in particular in the growing field of bio-tech, by encouraging local kids’ interest in the subject.

The Urban Environment League Board has been at odds over the museums in the park. Some in the group are against placing buildings in parks as they eat up much needed park space for the community. Board Member, Dr. Gregory Bush has been vocal with his opposition to the two museums in the park.

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