Discovery Park eclipses 100,000-visitor mark
UNION CITY - Discovery Park of America in Union City opened on Nov. 1, 2013, and hosted guest number 100,000 on Friday, April 4.
"We've been watching the numbers, and we knew we would hit 100,000 on Friday morning," CEO Jim Rippy said. "We were delighted that it happened to be the Tucker family from Memphis."
Destin, Brian, Logan and Grayson Tucker were waiting in line when they heard the announcement over the loudspeaker:
"Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? Discovery Park of America has been open since November 1 of last year, and today, we are celebrating our 100,000th guest!"
Then, the Tuckers were identified, as officials had concluded that Destin Tucker was the guest that hit the 100,000 mark. When the announcement was made, the lobby full of visitors waiting in line to purchase tickets cheered and clapped for the Tuckers.
To celebrate this milestone, the Tucker family was given free admission to the park, a free lunch in the cafe at Discovery Park and the invitation to pick out a favorite T-shirt from the gift shop for each family member.
"We are thrilled by the response of this region to Discovery Park," Rippy stated. "Who would have thought that over 100,000 people would have visited Union City in just over five months? And, this was during a long, cold, icy winter."
Park officials believe that the park will entertain at least 250,000 by the end of the year.
This was the first time the Tuckers had visited Discovery Park.
"Oh, we'll be back," Brian said. "This place is just incredibly impressive. It's a great thing for West Tennessee to have a place like this. I like the fact that there is a lot to do inside and outside. Most places offer one or the other, but this place is great no matter what the weather!"
Destin said that she was impressed by the fact that there was so much to do for all ages.
"It has all been done very well," said Destin. "It is very impressive."
Discovery Park officials are busy planning a big "grand opening" monthlong series of events for May, followed by a summer concert series, a fried-food festival, a Fourth of July firework display, a pumpkin festival, and other events and festivities.
"As we finalize events and activities, there will be information available on our website," Rippy said.
Discovery Park of America is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.