Pavilion Could Replace Thompson Park Aviary
Update: Watertown's city council has approved building a pavilion where the aviary stands now. See our story.
After a projected price tag of close to $1 million put the brakes on renovating the former aviary in Watertown's Thompson Park, city officials are looking at building a 2,100-square-foot pavilion instead.
The Watertown city council will meet at the New York State Zoo Monday night to discuss the new proposal, which is estimated to cost $170,000.
Officials had hoped to transform the A-shaped aviary into a year-round educational center, but the high cost put the project out of reach.
Instead, the proposed cross-shaped pavilion, shown in different possible styles above and below, would feature a central area for educational programs, with the audience in the four "ends."
The four areas could also be sectioned off for private events, officials say.
Officials will also discuss improving the children's zoo, which would include a revamped play area, a log slide, a water feature, a vineyard area, an agricultural area, a storage barn and an area for exhibits.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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