Columbus Zoo Excited About Possible Expansion to Scioto Peninsula
A “unique and up-close animal encounter” could soon be coming to the Scioto Peninsula. Patty Peters, Vice President of Community Relations at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, says that they are excited to be working with City and County leaders to bring a little piece of the zoo to downtown.
“(We) envision this as another opportunity to create a zoo adventure like no other – to weave play and activity with memorable animal experiences,” she stated.
As for where the idea originated — the Mayor’s office, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, or the zoo itself — Peters explains that “that’s difficult to answer since all parties have been envisioning something like this for a very long time. The Zoo is always striving to connect people with wildlife and a downtown facility is an opportunity to engage more people to care about the world around them.”
Amy Taylor, Chief Operating Office for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South, says that the potential partnership with the zoo fits in nicely with the strategies outlined in both the East Franklinton Plan and the Downtown Strategic Plan, which highlights the development of the Scioto Peninsula as one of 12 catalytic ideas.
“We received more than 425 comments and suggestions via our public meeting on November 8, and online survey,” said Taylor. “CDDC is synthesizing the data and will present a Strategic Land Use Plan to the community within the next few months.”
More details about the project, including its exact location and what the building or buildings may look like, are expected with the unveiling of the plan.