The Port of Seattle’s innovative tourism marketing support program is providing direct benefits to the City of Goldendale and Goldendale Observatory State Park. A recently awarded $10,000 contract to the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce by the Port will be used to support astronomy and science tourism awareness of the area’s unique facilities.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has a $5.4 million renovation under way at the Goldendale Observatory, the nation’s only publicly accessible observatory in a park. The telescope has been upgraded, and the current project includes a 140-seat auditorium, systems to support the building and a major parking expansion, anticipated for completion in the Fall.
Planned coordination with Maryhill Museum, the Nobel Prize winning LIGO research center, and Hanford’s B Reactor will create an unmatched astronomy, science, and eco-tourism opportunity.