Sci-Port Set to Re-Open After Red River Flooding
After being closed due to flooding for more than 10 days, Sci-Port will reopen its doors tomorrow.
The Red River started invading Clyde Fant Parkway June 5. By the next day, the north parking lot was completely underwater, and there was no way for the public to get into the building.
"We, along with many of our visitors, felt disappointment at having to close operations. In addition to having to cancel programming, we felt the closure financially. Having to close business for any amount of time hurts the bottom line," said Sci-Port President and CEO Ann Fumarolo in a news release. "We're thrilled to be back open doing what we do."
The science center will be open to the public again, during normal operation hours, tomorrow. The north parking lot will remain empty until it can be cleaned of river mud and debris, but the Lake Street parking lot is accessible for visitors coming from Clyde Fant Parkway.
Sci-Port is thankful for all those who helped it continue serving the community during the flooding.
"We’d like to thank the Shreveport Convention Center and Bossier Pierre Mall for providing us space to continue summer camps and our science programming. We could not have done it without them," said Fumarolo.
Here are a few events you can expect in the days ahead:
This Friday, June 19, Sci-Port will host its “Last Annual River and Blues Event,” marking its reopening after more than a week of being closed. The event offers blues music by local band Kings of Pleasure, food, and a cash bar. The rooftop and solarium offer some of the best views of the Red River in all of Shreveport, and will give attendees a chance to see the river as it recedes.
River and Blues tee-shirts and panoramic posters picturing Sci-Port at the Red River crest are for sale through Eventbrite. Proceeds will help offset the revenue lost during the closure. Tickets for the event may also be pre-purchased through Eventbrite.
The much-anticipated Jurassic Week has been rescheduled for Monday, June 22-Sunday, June 28. Programming will include reptilian and avian dissections, fossil-making, and a Center-wide Jurassic Safari. The winner of the safari will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to see Jurassic World, courtesy of Cinemark Tinseltown.