- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is seeking three acres of land to expand westward.

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/18Ux0C8 ) reports that the zoo wants to expand its facility to include new exhibit space and a permanent home for the Zoo School, which is part of the Lincoln Public Schools system. The land that is being considered includes where the Ager Play Center and the city’s Parks and Recreation Office are located. The play center and the office would be used by the zoo.

Zoo Executive Director John Chapo says that he hopes that at least a portion of the zoo can be kept open year-round instead of only April to October. This year’s opening day on April 1 is the earliest in the zoo’s history.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is scheduled to decide whether to endorse the land-use proposal in May. If the board approves, a feasibility study will determine if there is enough community and donor support to proceed with expansion plans.

One challenge for the expansion will be parking space. The zoo estimates that it will need to double the amount of its parking space to accommodate the expansion.

A permanent home for the Zoo School, which is a science-focused high school, is a more pressing matter for zoo officials. The school has four classrooms within a facility inside the zoo, and three portable buildings near the visitor food area. The city wants the portable buildings moved because they are located directly over high-pressure water mains.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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