Watertown Council Wants Options For Zoo Pavilion


It's back to the drawing board -- again -- on what to do with the aviary at the Thompson Park Zoo.

Watertown's city council decided the $435,000 proposed pavilion that would replace the aviary is just too expensive.

After questioning zoo management and the city's engineer for over an hour on the cost, the council decided to look for bids using cheaper alternatives, such as concrete that isn't stamped.

The city and the zoo have been working on doing something with the aviary for four years, but the council says this pavilion is just too expensive.

The whole council wants to work with the conservancy, wants to continue to invest in our zoo, but it's not a blank check or an open-ended check," said council member Jeff Smith.

"We're just doing our due diligence -- I'm doing my due diligence -- to make sure that we're not wasting money," Smith said.

"They're still working at supporting the zoo, still looking at giving us a facility that we can utilize," said zoo executive director John Wright.

"I think we're all on the same page with this, it's just the process of keeping costs down," Wright said.

Smith says the decision on the pavilion should happen before summertime.

See our earlier story.

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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