Rays' Evan Longoria making $500,0000 donation for cool climbing exhibit at Great Explorations museum
Evan Longoria's play on the field has left many lasting memories for Rays fans.
Now the Rays star and wife Jaime are doing their part to add to the experience at a popular community attraction, donating $500,000 for contruction of a new 26-foot tall, aquatic-themed climbing exhibit at St. Petersburg's Great Explorations Children's Museum.
The Longo's Cove project, according to a museum release, is "a three-dimensional structure that is part-jungle gym and part-work of art, designed by Spencer Luckey, from Luckey Climbers, LLC. Climbing from pad to pad, children will be immersed in an aquatic wonderland of Florida sea life, while learning to conquer new heights and navigate through the inclines and levels of the 26-foot-tall exhibit.''
With two young kids, the Longorias are frequent visitors to the museum and said they were happy to help.
"We've been members of Great Explorations for years and our children Elle and Nash always light up when we come to the museum to play," Evan Longoria said in the release. "Jaime and I see Great Explorations as an asset to our Tampa Bay community and we're very excited to have a part in its growth."
The new exhibit is slated to be finished this fall, with a grand opening announcement then.
"We're incredibly honored and grateful to have Evan and Jaime invest in us," Great Explorations CEO Angeline Howell said in the release. "Because of their generosity, we're able to offer a fun, unique experience to our guests that also provides many benefits to early childhood development."
The benefits of climbing through the cove, museum officials said, include being able to "strengthen their muscles, develop gross motor skills, improve their balance and flexibility and use concentration and problem solving skills. Longo's Cove will allow children to build confidence and explore freedom and risk in a stimulating, safe and developmentally-appropriate environment.''