BREC commission approves master plan for zoo and greenwood park


“Seeing none, motion then passes. thank you, commissioner, as we really appreciate it.”

Wednesday night, the BREC Commission passed the master plan. It shows the future of the Baton Rouge’s Zoo and Greenwood park. Superintendent Corey Wilson said, it’s been a long time coming.

“It took a lot of planning and so we’re happy to be at this stage but we’re still a long way to go before we see these things become a reality” said Wilson.

The controversial project was met with push back, causing BREC to host meetings to get the community on board.

“All of the community is on the same page now and I think when we’re all on the same page, the sky is the limit.”

In 2018, the zoo lost is accreditation. Wilson said, they are now looking to regain it.

“That’s the number one priority with this first phase, to address that. Hopefully by the end of 2021 we’re applying for accreditation and by spring 2022, we’ll be once again one of 2,000 accredited zoos in the nation.”

The man behind the plan Ace Torre said, he’s happy it was approved.

“It’s a plan that evolved, none of us really knew from the beginning how it would turn out but we think it turned out fantastic” said Torre, CEO of Torre Design Consortium, LTD.

Now that the plans are a go, Wilson said, he’s ready for everyone to enjoy them

“Looking forward to bringing world class facilities to not only north baton rouge but to all of east baton rouge parish.”

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