Canyon County gets grant for Canyon Crossroads Museum

newsroom@idahostatesman.comAugust 5, 2013 

The Canyon County Parks, Recreation and Waterways Department received a $60,000 grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation to help with the completion of the Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum at Celebration Park near the Snake River.

"We want to thank the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc. for its generous support of the Canyon Crossroads Museum project at Celebration Park," said Tom Bicak, Parks, Recreation and Waterways director. "This award will accelerate our construction activities and ensure that the doors of the new museum, classrooms and dormitories will open soon. Thousands of local and visiting students will benefit every year from the generous support provided by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation."

The Canyon Crossroads Transportation Museum began construction in late 2012 and is expected to open in this fall. The 3,500-square-foot facility will feature an indoor-outdoor classroom, a dorm area for students and an exhibit hall with rotating exhibits throughout the year. The museum also will provide year-round academic opportunities to approximately 18,000 students from across Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation was one of the earliest supporters of the Canyon Crossroads Museum project. While in the museum planning stages, the Foundation awarded $40,000 to help defray the cost of permitting, testing, cultural clearances, planning, engineering and design. Some of the award assisted in paying for some the bricks and mortar portion of the Crossroads project as well.

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