Students in purple shirts playing in Bill's Backyard outdoor area

Bill's Backyard


open space authority funds contributed to project


project awarded

The Authority helped fund the Children's Discovery Museum's new Bill's Backyard: Bridge to Nature project, which is a 27,500 square foot outdoor nature education center adjacent to the existing facility. This innovative space is inspiring children and their families to spend time outside, exploring the wonders and joys of building, exploring, climbing, rolling, digging, and getting dirty.
Award Date:
February 24, 2016
Urban Grant Program
180 Woz Way, San Jose CA 95110

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