[size=9]Columnist: Ashley Weatherl[/size]Observatory Complex Open for Business!December 14, 2013
For those of us who don?t happen to have a shuttle or stolen military-grade RASG aircraft parked in their garage at home, space must seem far away. Fortunately, a select group of RhyDinians this season are trying to change that.
Owner and operator of Harker?s Academy in Old Temple and PR Representative for Harker and Hall Architecture Rhiannon Harker has been hard at work since October of last year in fulfilling her annual community quota with one mammoth of a project: The RhyDin Observatory Complex and Botanical Gardens. Currently located behind the administration building of Ravensheart Academy (which can be accessed through a dimensional gate in the Old Town district), the undertaking was reportedly a public decision that was reached during Fionna Helston?s governorship, winning out over other public works ideas such as community vegetable plots or skate parks.
?It's been quite an experience to see the project grow from the poll to drawings to reality,? Harker told the Post
. ?It's become what we hope will be a place to provide an entertaining and educational experience for all ages.?
According to Harker, the project?s hasty construction ? from paper to pillars and poured concrete in a little over a year ? can be attributed to corporate sponsorship and the RASG?s generous contributions. In accordance with the observatory?s architectural design, state-of-the-art telescopes were installed at roof level and painstakingly built around using weather and magic-resistant panes, allowing for a clearer, more accurate view of RhyDin?s constellations than ever before.
?Matt Simon and the RhyDin Air and Space Guard have been a great help,? Harker said. ?Building the [lower levels] was the easy part according to the work crews. The conservatory for the Botanical Garden presented a few problems with the roof structure, too. There were several delays as safety is a paramount concern. It took quite a while to find material to withstand both weather, magic, and other potential RhyDinian hazards.?
With lavish investments like a full service caf?, swimming, dance, and general arts classrooms, a lecture hall, and two planetarium theaters, it is no wonder the grounds have been enchanted with enough wards to withstand an atomic bomb. Setbacks aside, The Observatory Complex and Botanical Gardens have been undergoing round-the-clock maintenance and security checks in preparation for their simultaneous grand openings at the Governor?s Yule Ball tonight. Though the grounds are officially closed to the public until 9PM RST, bright holiday lights can already been seen from miles away, transforming the multifunctional plot of land into a glamorous star all on its own. And that is exactly what the project promises to be, if Harker?s people have their way.
?What I hope is that the Observatory will be a place where citizens of all ages are able to come together as a community and share common goals. It's meant to be a place to learn and develop skills as well as to relax. It's my hope that the classes and activities there will open the doorway to bettering lives and fostering a better understanding of our fellow citizens.?
Community quota: Check! See it for yourself at the Yule Ball tonight. Doors open at 9PM RST.
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