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Appleton agrees to talks about moving Trout Museum to Riverfront Park | Pro Club Bd

APPLETON – The city has agreed to begin discussions with the Trout Museum of Art about the museum’s desire to move to public land at Ellen Kort Peace Park on the Fox River.

The Joint Council on Wednesday authorized staff to explore a possible partnership with the museum. The vote was 9-3 with one abstention.

“Regardless of the final decision, and I’m still not convinced, we owe the community a thorough review of the proposal,” Councilor Denise Fenton said.

The Trout Museum decided to build a 30,000-square-foot museum rather than renovate its existing building next to Houdini Plaza, and its preferred location is Ellen Kort Peace Park.

Executive Director Christina Turner estimated the cost of the new museum at $10 million. Monroe and Sandra Trout donated $5 million to the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to support the project.

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