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San Fernando Valley's Discovery Cube Los Angeles to open in November

August 4, 2014

By Dakota Smith, Daily News, Los Angeles

Aug. 04--A long delayed city-owned children's museum planned for the San Fernando Valley now has a name and an opening date.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles will open Nov. 13, museum officials said. The two-story, 71,000-square-foot center is located at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center in Lake View Terrace.

The opening comes more than a decade after the museum was first proposed. City Hall leaders envisioned the center as a $10 million public-private partnership between the city and the nonprofit overseeing the site. But amid ballooning construction costs and a canceled $10 million donation from a Sherman Oaks businessman, the museum's nonprofit declared bankruptcy in 2009.

After taking ownership of the site, Los Angeles city officials agreed to turn over operations of the museum to the Santa Ana-based Discovery Science Center, which is running the center. Funds for the museum come in part from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Bureau of Sanitation, which has angered City Hall watchdogs. Budget officials argued the city was facing a deadline to open the museum and more delays would force it to return already earmarked federal funds.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles also last week publicly named its board of directors, a group that includes state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and former City Controller Wendy Greuel. Greuel was tapped last year as a consultant and fundraiser for the museum.

"Discovery Cube Los Angeles will enrich the lives of families in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities," she said in a statement.


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