Changes to Louisiana’s Lake Charles Science Center Project Now Final


Following 30 days of input from the public, including a meeting in the community, the Louisiana Trustees finalized the Supplemental Plan for the Lake Charles Science Center (PDF, 103 pg). The plan calls for the science center and educational complex project to be co-located with the Lake Charles Children’s Museum at the future Port Wonder education and recreation development.

The updated location will enhance the center’s visibility, improve public access, and is located in a natural environment next to Lake Charles. It also provides opportunities for people to learn and play in one centralized area located near other recreational amenities.

The preferred project alternative in the final plan will include the 6,900 square foot science center, an additional 6,900 square feet of outdoor program space, and a recreational fishing pier on the lake.

The Port Wonder facility will also include:

  • A 12,300-square-foot children’s museum.
  • 8,800 square feet of shared space, including a lobby, restrooms, classrooms, offices, a break room, and other miscellaneous support space.

The original proposed location was southeast of the lake. After its approval in our July 2018 Restoration Plan #2, stakeholders in the area requested that the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group consider a move to Port Wonder. We notified the public of the proposed changes in October 2018, and released a draft supplemental plan with the proposed updated location in April 2019.

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