A ten year, $175-million master plan for one of Nebraska’s largest tourist draws has been unveiled. Henry Doorly Zoo Executive Director Dennis Pate says it includes expanding and establishing more exhibits and improved parking. The current Rosenblatt Stadium will be raised after this year and the Zoo will acquire that area. That will expand the parking space from 2,300 to 3,400 parking spaces.
Pate says they have studied the logistics of Zoo and are making it very easy and convenient for visitors to get around. They plan on moving the zoo entrance. They are also working on ways to make it easier for patrons to get around the zoo and by reducing the lines at food and concession stands.
Pate says the master plan also calls for a number of new exhibits. One will feature the African Grasslands which will house elephants and giraffes. Where the elephants are now located would house lions and wild dogs. One will focus on costal shores and include the polar bears and the sea lions.
Pate says the Scott Aquarium is the first project on the agenda. The building will undergo a renovation and an education conference center will be added. That project is expected to open in early spring of 2012.