Bill Stoller, an Oregon native and local entrepreneur, wine industry veteran and philanthropist, has agreed to acquire the land surrounding the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – home of the iconic Spruce Goose airplane – and the Wings and Waves Waterpark, the company said.
The acquisition includes the Space Museum building, which will be leased to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, a non-profit dedicated to preserving aviation history and inspiring students of all ages about science. The purchase further diversifies Stoller´s business holdings in Yamhill County.
Currently, the hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities offered by the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum destination draw more than 150,000 visitors annually from around the globe. The tourism industry in Yamhill County, of which these assets are a prime attraction, has experienced 4.5% year-over-year growth to an all-time high of USD 111.5m in revenue and 1.6% year-over-year growth to an all-time high of 1,700 local jobs. These figures are bolstered by a 7.2% increase in local tax receipts, reaching nearly USD 800,000 in Yamhill County by overnight visitors to the region.