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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT TO HELP CREATE PERMANENT VALLEY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

(Dublin and San Ramon Valley, Calif.) – August 16, 2017 – - The Valley Children’s Museum (VCM) has achieved a critical milestone in its long-standing goal to establish a permanent, state-of-the-art children’s museum to serve the entire Tri-Valley Area and beyond.

The 17-year-old nonprofit organization is pleased to announce that it has reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Dublin for the development of a Children’s Museum to be located within the future 30-acre Dublin Crossing Park.

The Dublin City Council unanimously approved the MOU which would allow for a building site to be provided free to the VCM for the purposes of designing, constructing and operating a children’s museum that would accommodate up to 50,000 square feet of learning, exhibit and community space that would be unequaled in the Tri-Valley area.

Dublin Mayor David Haubert stated that, “the Mayor and council provided unanimous support for the museum to be built in Dublin Crossing Park! The museum will be the “Gem” of the city and the surrounding communities and a wonderful community gathering place for families to enjoy in the years to come!”

“The Valley Children’s Museum will be a civic treasure for our region,” said San Ramon City Councilmember Harry Sachs and member of the VCM Board of Directors.

The Valley Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization that currently supports the temporary Mobile Museum, located in Dublin’s Emerald Glen Park. The Mobile Museum offers year-round activities for children including specific lessons for Tri-Valley teachers specializing in the California Missions. It serves more than 7,000 children per season.

Since 2000 the Valley Children’s Museum Board of Directors and numerous volunteers have relentlessly pursued bringing the vision of a permanent Tri-Valley Children’s museum to Dublin. The VCM Board will now focus on a regional capital fundraising campaign with the goal of raising the funds needed to construct and operate the Museum with a target opening date in 2022.

To the Tri-Valley public, we ask you to consider making a corporate and or individual tax-deductible donation to fund construction of the museum and create self-sustaining financial operations for the management of the VCM.

VCM Board President Ed Duarte believes that the establishment of the MOU with Dublin will allow for the vision of a Valley Children’s Museum to now become a reality. “Our community prospers when our children are engaged in meaningful experiences that teaches them about their history and environment while opening their minds to the possibilities of tomorrow. It is our Board’s goal to create such a place for our community and our children.”