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Central Iowa has been chosen as the site for a $155 million massive indoor rain forest and environmental learning center that organizers hope will be as successful as its predecessor in the United Kingdom.

Earthpark will feature an indoor rain forest, a 600,000-gallon freshwater aquarium, an exterior prairie and wetland exhibits. The main dome will enclose about four acres and stand more than 150 feet in the air. The park will feature alternative renewable energy systems such as wind and solar power.

Groundbreaking will begin in 2007 with completion in 2010 and is expected to generate $130 million of economic activity annually.

The 70 acres set aside for Earthpark is part of a larger 240-acre residential, recreational and retail development. It will include condominiums, a resort hotel, a restaurant, water park, cabins and a marina.

[via Green Tavani]

posted by Michael Tavani @ 12:33 PM |


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