ATTLEBORO — Capron Park Zoo will have a new and grander entrance at some place this summertime together with a new pollinator backyard.
The granite pillars at the zoo’s entrance ended up destroyed 10 several years in the past future month when a Coca-Cola shipping and delivery truck took 1 down, dislodged the next and brought the steel arch proclaiming “Capron Park” to the ground. It will be repurposed soon after lying in storage for a 10 years.
The columns, which are currently in put at the new entrance, experienced to be shortened due to the fact of the damage done, but they will serve as a additional elegant and grander entrance to the zoo, officials explained.
It’s an entrance that will be difficult to pass up.
Assistant Zoo Director Brenda Younger said it is hoped that sooner or later an arch very similar to the metal “Capron Park” arch on County Street, which connects the two substitute pillars, will be additional at some issue.
That arch would say “Capron Park Zoo.”
The new entrance is element of a more substantial venture that will include the addition of a pollinator backyard garden encompassing the pond, which has an island that’s home to the lemur display screen.
The pond is at the northern conclude of the zoo.
Young reported a range of nearby plant species will be planted all over the edge of the pond that will entice pollinators these as butterflies and bees.
A paved path circling the pond will be constructed as properly.
The boardwalk that crosses the pond is envisioned to be fixed and re-opened before long, she explained.
So there will be the pond, the pollinator yard at its edge, a fence and the new path that will be available for the disabled.
The recent entrance to the zoo, which contains a ticket booth, is to the still left of the reward store as a single appears at it from the parking ton.
The entrance will be moved a tiny additional to the still left wherever two new ticket booths will be put in.
The booths together cost about $27,000.
Young said the zoo is spending for considerably of the challenge out of its own income, but the city council did approve payment for 1 of the booths.
Other city departments are collaborating on the job, but with summer months staying a occupied period, the operate is progressing a small slower than hoped.