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Art museum holds groundbreaking ceremony for park expansion

Posted November 18, 2015

An artist's rendering of the expanded Museum Park at the N.C. Museum of Art shows the central elliptic lawn where museum and community programming will take place.

— The North Carolina Museum of Art held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the expansion of its park, which is expected to be completed by next summer.

The expansion will add tree-lined parking lots, bike and walking paths and a central elliptic lawn for museum and community programming.

"The goal of this plan is to connect people, art and nature in a sustainable way," Dan Gottlieb, the museum's director of planning and design, said in a statement.

Museum Director Larry Wheeler added that the museum "has always been a community gathering place, but we now have the opportunity to be a catalyst for change."

The long-term plan for the Museum Park, which already draws more than 150,000 annual visitors, includes a new campus entrance and streetscape, increased paved parking capacity, woodland and meadow restoration, additional trails and infrastructure, improved sustainability measures and additional outdoor works of art.

The museum received a $13 million gift from an anonymous donor a year ago to help get the first phase of the plan started.


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