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Watertown council to endorse zoo plan

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WATERTOWN — City Council members like what Zoo New York officials have in store for the zoo at Thompson Park.

At a council work session on Monday night, council members informally agreed to the zoo’s master plan, the first one in decades.

Chief Executive Officer Lawrence J. Sorel gave a presentation on the plans on Monday night.

“This is a snapshot,” he said.

The completion of the master plan comes at a time when the zoo is celebrating its 100th year.

Council members plan to endorse the master plan at their next meeting or in December.

Phase one of the plan includes dividing the entrance from the exit, adding an aquarium, additional education space and a bison habitat.

The total cost for the entire project is unknown, however, the total cost of phase one “in soft costs” would be around $6 million.

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Zoo New York unveils master plan

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WATERTOWN — Zoo New York at Thompson Park celebrated its 100th anniversary by unveiling a master plan Wednesday which includes more animals, improved infrastructure, an improved gift shop, and a new “adventure park.”

“We are very much a community, grassroots zoo, but we cannot look at what we were 30 years ago, we have to look at we want to be 30 years from now,” Chief Executive Officer Lawrence J. Sorel said.

Some new potential species include elk, moose, bison, caribou, ducks, geese and other large land-based birds, as well as animals from the Long Island Sound.

Other new amenities included in the proposal include a new aquarium, improved food service, and even a new adventure park that will include a tree top ropes course, a zip line, and a natural play area of logs, rocks, and natural surface exploration.

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