Millie the CMOE Dinosaur Finds a New Home in Downtown Evansville
When construction plans for the IU Medical School began a few years back, it required the relocation of a few things in the area. One of which being our studios on the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets. It also meant Millie, the T-Rex statue that pointed visitors to the Children's Museum of Evansville (cMoe), would also need to find a new place to go. Fast forward to today, and we're now in the Fifth Third Bank building a few blocks away from where we used to be, and Millie has found herself a new home too after being locked away in storage.
cMoe shared this photo on their Facebook page Monday afternoon showing Millie getting set up to keep a watchful eye on all the visitors to Mickey's Kingdom Playground on Riverside Drive.
The post states more pictures will be coming, but let's see if we can decipher Millie's role based on what we see in the photo above.
First off, Millie wasn't designed to be a piece of playground equipment, so I assume there will be something to prevent kids from trying to climb on her. As you can see in the photo, the fence surrounding the equipment is in the lower right corner which leads me to believe Millie will be not be placed inside the play area if what we're seeing is her permanent spot.
Notice the cMoe sign Millie stood on back in the day is also in the picture in front of the bucket truck. Is it possible Millie will stand tall on it once again after installation is finished? Again, I'm assuming here, but my guess is the sign was designed for Millie to stand on and without it, she wouldn't be able to stand on her own without a whole platform being built.
Next question, will the sign point toward the direction of cMoe? That would make the most sense, and could be used as advertising for the museum to give families another play option once their time at the playground is over.
It's hard to tell which side of the playground Millie will be on based on the photo. My assumption is somewhere near the entrance and playground since there's some sort of brick utility building on the other end just on the other side of the fence.
Wherever she ends up, she'll no doubt draw even more attention to the park as people make their way down Riverside Drive, and that's a good thing.
UPDATE: The Children's Museum of Evansville shared the photo below on their Facebook page earlier this week showing Millie standing proud in her new home.
I drive past Mickey's Kingdom twice each day on my way into work on my way home. She is set up on the south end of the park in between the fence that surrounds the entire park and the one that surrounds just the playground equipment. She looks really good, and the sign even lights up at night like it used to at its old location.