CEDAR CITY (AP) -- The city council has approved turning over land south of town to a group proposing to build a Korean War museum.
The 110-acre donation to trustees of the National Korean War Museum, unanimously approved last week, involves land the Bureau of Land Management gave the city for public use.The group now has a year to raise half the estimated $6 million to build the facility near I-15 or the donated land reverts to the city.
Kyle Kopitke, spokesman for the nonprofit museum organization, said his group is poised to hire a fund-raiser from Washington, D.C., to solicit funds from South Korean businesses.
He said the group will pay for bringing water and power to the site and for all maintenance costs.
Kopitke has told the council he expects as many as 250,000 tourists would visit the site each year. Visitors would be charged a nominal fee, which would be used to maintain the park.
The Korean War Museum organization approached the council earlier this month with its proposal for the park.
The facility would include a 63-acre parcel designated as the Valley of Sacrifice, bearing name markers for the more than 53,000 Americans who died and another 8,700 who are still missing as a result of the 1950-53 war.
The complex also would include a Garden of Peace, combat memorial statue and 33 Halls of Remembrance, commemorating events from the war.
One of the halls would be dedicated to the 213th National Guard Unit, headquartered in Cedar City, which served during the war.