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New Entrance and Exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo

May 8, 2010

KELLY HENDRICKSON
UW News Lab

Last Saturday, a small crowd gathered amid a spring drizzle to commemorate the grand opening of the new West Entrance of Woodland Park Zoo.

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott joked that he wasn’t sure if people were there “celebrating May Day or the opening.”

McDermott was one of a handful of officials who gathered to speak about the new entrance as well as the importance of the zoo in general.

Cam Ragen, chair of the Woodland Park Zoo Board of Directors, talked about the success of the project, and particularly thanked Bank of America, which donated $1 million. The project, the second of two phases, totaled $7.5 million and was entirely funded privately. Ragen also discussed what the new 58,000-square-foot entrance area offered, including parking for cars and bicycles, a commons area, more restrooms, and a second zoo gift shop.   

The new entrance will benefit the environment as well as visitors. Sustainable highlights include a rainwater filtration system to reduce stormwater overflow, according to a press release.

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