Robert Kirkland

Discovery Park of America Media Release

Discovery Park of America's founder, Robert Kirkland, passed away this morning at 7:15 in his Union City residence at the age of 77. The park will be closed Wednesday for a ceremony titled "A Celebration-of-Life" for family and friends. 

More than 50 days since its opening, Union City's Discovery Park of America is enjoying strong visitor numbers and positive feedback.  

In the month of November, more than 23,000 people entered the 50-acre, $80-million park financed by Entrepreneur and Union City native Robert Kirkland. 

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the park is a popular spot for field trips. But the booming popularity opening week initially resulted in long lines at ticket counters.

Discovery Park Celebrates Opening Weekend

Nov 4, 2013
Discovery Park of America

Discovery Park of America officials say they had a good turnout for its opening weekend.

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the 50-acre park in Union City had  more than 4,300 visitors and relatively few glitches.