The Cedar Rapids Science Center is on the move again – a common occurrence since the Flood of 2008, but not quite the last time.
“It’s not our choice, but it does add some efficiency into what we do,” said Norah Hammond, executive director, as she loaded up a moving cart Monday morning.
Exhibits in the center’s activity gallery on the main level at Lindale Mall are being moved to the lower level education center at the request of the mall.
The move means the loss of about 2,700 square feet of space, consolidating the exhibits into the 5,700 square feet of classrooms, storage and office space on the lower level, Hammond said. As a result, classes will be held at Trinity Lutheran Schools, 1361 Seventh Ave. SW, for the time being. But, this also provides additional impetus to find a permanent location. “We hope 2013 is when we announce our new site and begin a fund raising campaign,” Hammond said.
Center officials have held focus groups, conducted surveys and talked to a lot of people about its future, she said. “We have looked downtown and at New Bo,” she added. “That’s not to say that’s the only place we’ve looked. We have visions to be about the same size we were before the flood.”
Where do you think the Cedar Rapids Science Center should relocate permanently?