Reid Park Zoo expansion concepts to go before Tucson City Council

Tucson City Council set to vote on Reid Park Zoo expansion project
Tucson City Council set to vote on Reid Park Zoo expansion project
Published: Apr. 24, 2021 at 8:49 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -On Friday, April 23, the 45-day pause of the Reid Park Zoo expansion project will expire. However, work won’t resume until the Tucson City Council takes a vote on how to proceed.

In the most highly participated city survey to date, more than 14,000 respondents weighed in.

Eight options; lettered A-H, ranged from “no expansion” to a $100-million “relocation of the entire zoo.”

Based on the survey results, concept D was found to be the most “net neutral”, followed by concepts C and B.

Concept D is a northwest expansion which saves Barnum Hill and the south duck pond at an additional $3.6 million cost.

“This report reflects that the top three concepts that are closest to neutral after subtracting the opposed responses from the favored responses,” said Johanna Hernandez, with the center of community dialog and training. “It might seem counterintuitive because we normally look for either the most favorable outcome or the least favorable outcome. Here, we are looking for both by focusing on concepts with relatively equal favor and opposition.”

The stakeholder group also says, based on the poll, concepts A, D and G have the least opposition. After weighing the pros and cons, the group is focused on D and G and is forwarding discussions to the Tucson City Council.

Reid Park Zoo staff just hope work can get underway soon.

“I just really look forward to being able to meet the public’s expectations and bring these exciting animals to Reid Park Zoo,” said Nancy Kluge, the president and CEO of the Reid Park Zoological Society.

The Tucson City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 4, to make a final decision on the path forward.

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