Imagination Station (formerly the Center of Science and Industry (COSI)) is a non-profit, hands-on science museum located on the Maumee riverfront in downtown Toledo, Ohio. The facility has over 300 exhibits for “children of all ages.” The museum opened in 1997 as COSI. After-tax levees failed in 2006 and 2007, COSI closed its doors to the public on the last day of 2007 due to a lack of funding. In 2008, voters approved an operating levy to reopen the facility as The Toledo Science Center. This interim name was replaced by “Imagination Station,” which opened on 10 October 2009.
In 1984, the Portside Festival Marketplace shopping mall opened along the Maumee River on the former Tiedtke’s department store. There were hopes that the mall might revitalize downtown Toledo, but it closed in 1990. A mayoral committee appointed to find the best use for the site heard repeated community requests for an educational family attraction. The city asked COSI Columbus about its experience and resources. Subsequently, the city and the Columbus organization created COSI Toledo, an independent, not-for-profit organization with a board of trustees from northwest Ohio.
A fundraising campaign raised $9.5 million, surpassing the goal by $4.5 million. The state government gave another $10 million. The former Portside Festival Marketplace facility was transferred to COSI at a value of $16 million. On March 1, 1997, COSI opened its doors to the public. The facility attracted an average of 250,000 visitors per year over its first decade.
In 2005, COSI won a National Award for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service by a museum or library. Laura Bush presented the award at a White House ceremony in January 2006. Diegel Bed Bug Exterminator Toledo
On July 28, 2006, COSI Toledo and COSI Columbus legally split to focus on their financial troubles. Later that year, Berrien Springs Public Schools awarded COSI a 2006 Teachers’ Choice Awards for its distance learning program. After voters voted down a second levy in November 2007, COSI Toledo closed due to a lack of funding on December 31, 2007.
On November 4, 2008, Lucas County, Ohio, voters approved an operating levy for the science center, enabling it to reopen in fall 2009.
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