Groundbreaking for Olympic Museum scheduled for June 9

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Construction is expected to start soon on the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs.

The future site of the multi-million dollar project will be on the southwest side of downtown Colorado Springs near Vermijo and Sierra Madre. The groundbreaking is scheduled for June 9.

Residents tell 11 News they're excited for the new addition to Olympic City USA that will be nestled across the train tracks from America The Beautiful Park. The museum is expected to draw thousands of tourists each year.

"Downtown is going to have a great Olympic museum and hall of fame," said city council President Richard Skorman. "Lots of people are going to come from all over the country."

Skorman believes the pedestrian bridge to connect the museum and the park is also designed to springboard a renewal of southwest downtown.

"I feel like Colorado Springs doesn't have an image right now," said Jason Pearson, a resident of Colorado Springs. "I don't think they have a national image, so this will be a thing that sets them on the national stage."

The money to build the museum is coming from private donations and bonds totaling about $75 million.