- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is hoping state taxpayers will support an $18-million bond issue to pay for renovations.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1kMcTIC ) the zoo wants to build a new education center, a tropical rainforest center, create New England’s only reptile house and rebuild roads that connect its exhibits. Rep. Scott Slater, a Providence Democrat, introduced a bill this month on behalf of the zoo seeking General Assembly permission to put the bond request on the November statewide ballot.

Slater says the zoo is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rhode Island.

Jeremy Goodman, the zoo’s executive director, says the money will help stimulate the economy.

Last year, the zoo finished part of a $35-million master plan unveiled in 2006. The national recession derailed some of those plans.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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