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Construction underway for new Utah public aquarium

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 25, 2012 08:00 AM
The Living Planet Aquarium (currently at Sandy, Utah) is moving into new, bigger, fancier digs. The city of Draper, UT broke ground on the new site yesterday. The public aquarium is expected to open its doors to Utah residents and visitors by December of next year.
Construction underway for new Utah public aquarium

The new Living Planet Aquarium is scheduled to open December, 2013.

The new 136,000-square-foot Draper facility (nearly three times the size of the current Sandy aquarium) will showcase 62 exhibits including a 300,000 gallon shark tank with a 40-foot walk through tunnel.  Officials expect completion of the new aquarium in December of 2013, at which time the livestock from the current aquarium in Sandy will be transported to their new home in Draper.  The aquarium will then be renamed The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

The $20 million new facility is possible because of rapid growth in attendance at the current Sandy aquarium in addition to private donations, grants, and a $13 million Draper City bond.

The Living Planet Aquarium at Sandy will remain open during the construction of the new facility.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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