Sheboygan visitor center planned for South Eighth Street | Streetwise business news
SHEBOYGAN - Visit Sheboygan, Inc., and Windway Capital Corp. are opening a new visitor center for the city. The new development will be on South Eighth Street and will also feature a new office complex and exhibit space.
The new visitor center will house a viewing area for a new Lake Michigan shipwreck documentary to be produced over the next year, as well as a NOAA-designed Science on a Sphere exhibit.
“The sphere will be the focal centerpiece of the visitor center storefront. Passersby will have a view of the 6-foot suspended globe, which will glow through the main window on South Eighth Street,” Chad Pelishek, director of planning for the City of Sheboygan and chairman of the Visit Sheboygan board of directors, explained.
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As part of the visitor center project, Visit Sheboygan also plans to install a Science on a Barge in 2019, to be open by fall 2020.
The Science on a Barge is a self-contained eco-system of the Lake Michigan landscape and waterscape built on a floating barge permanently docked on the Sheboygan River next to the visitor center. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM programs and tour the barge, which will include freshwater aquaponics and plant life.
The visitor center will also house learning space for other interactive programs in partnership with the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan, including sailing education and practical skills such as navigation and knot-tying.
Visit Sheboygan, Inc., the tourism entity for the Sheboygan Area Tourism Zone, including the City of Sheboygan, the Town of Sheboygan and the Town of Wilson, is funded by room tax dollars collected from overnight visits to lodging facilities within the zone.
“We’re looking forward to the visitor center becoming its own destination for interactive learning opportunities that expand knowledge about our environment and our surroundings,” Amy Wilson, president and CEO of Visit Sheboygan, said.
Groundbreaking for the project is expected for the end of the year and the new complex is set to open fall of 2019.
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