Council approves Va. Aquarium expansion

Council approves Va. Aquarium expansion

Council approves Va. Aquarium expansion

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Associated Press

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 5:56 AM

UPDATE 10/8:  Virginia Beach City Council approved a joint project between the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and the Outdoor Venture Group which enables the opening of Virginia’s largest “aerial forest park” in early summer and a conservation gargden in fall 2014.

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is proposing an expansion that includes a zip line and a coastal conservation garden.

Virginia Beach City Council is scheduled to vote on the project Tuesday.

Brian Solis with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation tells The Virginian-Pilot that the aquarium's foundation would partner with the department for the project.

Solis says the garden would free and open to the public. A $250,000 grant from the Williams Family Foundation would be used to maintain it.

According to city documents, the expansion also could include a butterfly garden, nature center and amphitheater.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-10-07-13 1031GMT

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