Heal the Bay’s CEO Ruskin Hartley and Director of Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Heather Doyle (both pictured) along with children of invited guests cut the ribbon on the new Dorothy Green Room at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Saturday.
The remodel also includes a new Watershed Exhibit.
More than 2,100 people visited during the day for the grand opening breaking all attendance records.
This was thanks in part to a new partnership with Cirque du Soleil that provided free admission to the Aquarium for the grand opening and every Friday in February.
Cirque du Soleil is also sponsoring five groups of students from low-income schools to attend field trip programs at the Aquarium.
Redesign funds were provided by an Annenberg Foundation grant and funds from Proposition 84, a state storm water grant program.
The Pier Aquarium is located at 1600 Ocean Front Walk (under the Pier Bridge).
For more information, visit www.healthebay.org/santa-monica-pier-aquarium.