Dam Discovery Center Sets Date for Grand Re-Opening

Submitted by Eden Wenokur

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Dam Discovery Center Sets Date for Grand Re-Opening

Submitted by Eden Wenokur


Chelan County PUD’s Discovery Center will debut new exhibits and expanded space to provide education and entertainment along the Columbia River


Wenatchee, WA. - After years of planning and an 18-month closure for renovations, the Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center will open Saturday, August 28. With a new year-round schedule, guests can expect new interactive exhibits, expanded installation space, a new second floor deck to view the dam and Columbia River, and more.  


This is the first major remodel for the Discovery Center, a source of education and entertainment built along the Columbia River and Rocky Reach Dam, since Chelan PUD opened the center in the 1960s. The multi-million-dollar redesign includes a roof extension that shelters new outside displays, viewing areas to see into the dam’s fish ladder system, educational mini-theaters, and multiple interactive displays for kids and families to explore.  


“The Discovery Center is so much more than a place to stop and get a map,” says Debbie Gallaher, Visitor Services Manager for the Chelan County PUD. “It will be one of the premier educational opportunities on the Columbia River. It’s an opportunity for families to learn about the incredible area and its history -and have fun doing it!” 


Gallaher adds there is no charge to visit the Discovery Center, the exhibits, and Rocky Reach Park.


The August 28 reopening celebration is free to attend and will have tours, treats, entertainment in Rocky Reach Park, and an awards ceremony for the Discovery Center Elementary Poetry Contest being held in celebration of the opening.  


 For more details, visit www.chelanpud.org/VisitRockyReach.  


About Rocky Reach Discovery Center

Rocky Reach Discovery Center is located seven miles north of Wenatchee on Highway 97A on the west side of Chelan County PUD’s Rocky Reach Dam.  There is ample parking for guests, including RVs and buses, and room to roam in the park at 5000 State Hwy 97A, Wenatchee, WA 98801. 


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