The City of Binghamton is offering a long-term lease extension for an interactive children’s museum operating in Ross Park.

Mayor Jared Kraham announced the 25-year agreement with the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Tuesday.

Kraham said the lease extension will keep the museum in Binghamton “for the next generation.”

The mayor noted that the Discovery Center provides preschool classrooms and childcare for area residents.

Discovery Center Executive Director Dr. Brenda Myers speaks as Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham listens on March 29, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Discovery Center Executive Director Dr. Brenda Myers speaks as Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham listens on March 29, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Dr. Brenda Myers, the organization’s executive director, said Discovery Center staff and volunteers often hear about “those special memories” so many people have of their childhood visits to the museum.

The Discovery Center opened in March 1984 in the gymnasium of the Christopher Columbus School in downtown Binghamton.

The museum moved to a city-owned building next to Ross Park Zoo on the south side in 1987.

In addition to dozens of indoor interactive exhibits and activities, the Discovery Center now includes the outdoor Story Garden.

City Council is expected to vote on the proposed lease extension at its April 6 meeting.

The city maintains an annual capital fund of $10,000 to cover expenses for various projects, including roof repairs as well as plumbing and electrical work.

Last year, Binghamton agreed to a 25-year lease extension for the operation of the Ross Park Zoo.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected].

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