to Nicholas Johnson's Coralville Rain Forest Web Site
Decision on Rain Forest Location Delayed
May 15, 2006
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Oman says more information has come in from each of the four just last Wednesday and it's still being reviewed. Another problem is that many of the board members are traveling all over the country and world and can't all seem to get in one place at one time to vote. Oman says while many people are calling it a rain forest, there are a wealth of other elements to the project. He says it includes a big water element, like an aquarium, wetlands, prairie exhibits, galleries, a botanical facility, a science center, a learning center, an IMAX theater and more.
Oman was asked what the final city will receive with the project. He says it'll be a 21st century learning center and a destination attraction that'll bring people in, along with the economic benefit of perhaps a million visitors. Four finalists are in the running for the project: Grinnell, Pella, Tiffin and Riverside.