Discovery Center opens


Top photo: Randy Lewis: Wenatchi elder Randy Lewis gave a blessing during the re-opening ceremony for the new Discovery Center at Rocky Reach on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Middle photo: Ribbon untying: The PUD project team, leadership and community leaders untie the ribbon at the new Discovery Center at Rocky Reach on Wednesday, Aug. 25. The team tied the ribbon when the Discovery Center closed in 2019 for a two-year transformation process. From left: John Laycock, Casey Hall, Kirk Hudson, Steve Wright, Steve McKenna, Dan Garrison, Debbie Gallaher, Kirby Billingsley’s daughter Rielle Crocker, and Bob Bauer Bottom photo: Salmon mobile: A 14-foot steel spiral with more than 100 salmon spans two floors of the new Discovery Center. It hangs from a walkable skylight on the outdoor exhibition deck. Every floor of the new Discovery Center has new, interactive exhibits and three mini-theaters that connect visitors to the Columbia River, including its cultural history, ecology, how hydropower works, and large, fish-viewing windows that allow people of all ages to look a salmon in the eye. Submitted by the Chelan County PUD

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