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Aviation Heritage Park breaks ground on indoor museum

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The Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green is one step closer from opening an indoor museum on its current site. 

A groundbreaking was held Wednesday afternoon for the $2 million, 10,000 sq. ft. facility. It will be located next to the current venue, which will remain in place even after the museum opens. 

"This ranks right up there when we had the ribbon cutting for the park itself, so it's that next great step to really make something special," said Aviation Heritage Park Director, Joe Tinius.

Wednesday also served as a kickoff to raise funds for the museum. Park officials say they've already generated tens of thousands of dollars for the museum.

"It's extraordinarily exciting," said Warren County Judge Executive, Micheal Buchanon. "It's exciting to see what a small group of enthusiasts can do with their own money. They have raised all the money to date."  

Once built, the venue will house aviation memorabilia, aircraft, classrooms and event space. Bowling Green will join the cities of Los Angeles, Sacramento and Philadelphia, as the only cities in the country with museums dedicated to planes, trains and automobiles. 

The first phase of the project will begin on October 15. Construction should be finished sometime in 2020. 

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