Yesterday the closest thing to a Children’s Museum in El Paso, The Exploreum, closed its doors. The Exploreum opened 2 years ago with the expectation that it would be folded into the Children’s Museum passed in the 2012 Quality of Life bond. Unfortunately, that project is now so far in the future, it was not economically feasible for the Exploreum to continue.
“We’re at the beginning stages of a new children’s museum as far as progress on a timeline and so we are looking at 10 to 12 years before a children’s museum is open and it’s just not economically feasible to keep the Exploreum open for that length of time,” said president of the El Paso Exploreum, Michael Churchman told ABC-7 in October. (read the KVIA story here).
At this point, we are more likely to get an Arena before we get a Children’s Museum (you can read about the progress on the Arena here). It only makes sense to build The Arena before the Children’s Museum – there is only the Convention Center and the Coliseum for large gatherings, there is nothing resembling a Children’s Museum and having redundancy is VERY important when it comes to spending tax payer money.
This makes us wonder, just whose quality of life is actually being enhanced by this bond?
You can read the KFOX article here.