Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Visitors arrive at the main entrance to the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles, California. (Image credit: ROBYN BECK / AFP via Getty Images)

A $ 650 million plan would give the Los Angeles Zoo an amusement park transformation over the next 20 years.

The city-owned zoo in the city’s Griffith Park area would get exhibit upgrades and new attractions such as a 60-foot-deep ravine for climbing and a hilltop called California Center in the style of a Yosemite National Park cabin with a sweeping view of a 25,000-square-foot winery. reported the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

Supporters of the “20-year vision plan” said the building of the features would increase zoo participation by 72% to up to 3 million visitors annually.

But the construction would consume 23 acres (9.3 acres) of native woodland and draw resistance led by the historic conservation group Friends of Griffith Park and the California Native Plant Society.

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Zoo officials were thinking about the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 when they drew up the plan, said Denise Verrett, zoological director and CEO.

“What should we do to attract international travelers to the zoo as a place they should not miss?” Said Verrett.

The next step for the proposal is consideration in the Los Angeles City Council’s Committee on Arts, Parks, Health, Education and Neighborhoods.

The zoo depends on $ 11.6 million from the city’s general fund to meet its budget of approximately $ 25 million for 2021-22.

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