BREC holding groundbreaking for upgrades to the zoo and Greenwood Park

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – BREC is hosting the long-awaited groundbreaking for Phase I improvements of its Greenwood Community Park and Baton Rouge Zoo on Tuesday, December 8, at 10 am.

The $40 million large-scale transformational project will kickstart improvements to the Zoo and the park. Entirely new, unique, high-quality attractions, modern zoo exhibits, and iconic recreation environments that have never before been seen in the Parish or region.

A defining feature of the site design includes the relocation of the Zoo’s entrance into the heart of the park, where a dramatic arrival sequence guides visitors to a new entry plaza and building.

The zoo improvements will also feature a dramatic new orientation plaza with an interactive fountain; a new giraffe exhibit and feeding platform where kids of all ages can get up close and personal to the giraffes; a new underwater pygmy hippo exhibit; and new birds of prey aviaries, and a new Jaguar/Bear exhibit to name a few.

As part of the overall master plan, the 660-acre Greenwood Park will be trans-formed into a multi-functional recreational amenity that will serve as a model for both regional storm water management and site scale design.

This is just one of many projects the zoo is hoping to finish over the next 25 years.

Phase one construction is expected to last between 18 months and two years. You can find more information about the project on BREC’s website.

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