- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Organizers say construction of the long-awaited Knock Knock Children’s Museum in Baton Rouge’s City Park is on track to begin this summer.

An outside consultant is scheduled to come to Baton Rouge this week to go over final details of the museum’s learning zones.

Knock Knock Museum board member Staci Deumite Duhé tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1aWekfM ) the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission is scheduled to begin the bid process for construction of the museum in the coming months.

The volunteer nonprofit board has raised more than $6 million for the 30,000-square-foot facility.

In 2010, BREC and the Knock Knock Children’s Museum board entered into a cooperative agreement to build the museum near Interstate 10 in City Park.

“I’m so thankful that we’re in this process with BREC,” Duhé said.

For Knock Knock, the partnership has meant additional expertise in construction and planning.

BREC leaders say the museum will be a boon to the community and draw people to the park.

At the heart of the museum will be 18 to 20 exhibits, dubbed learning zones, that are tied to southeast Louisiana.

Fundraising for Knock Knock began more than a decade ago. The museum, including its exhibits, is expected to cost more than $9 million.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com