Nebraska’s biggest tourist attraction is getting spruced up as part of a 33-million dollar project to make the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha more visitor-friendly. Executive Director Dennis Pate says they want visitors to have a hassle-free experience when visiting the zoo. They will install new pathways from the front gate and give the aquarium a facelift. They also hope to install new seating and new lighting in some areas for evening events.
Pate wants visitors to spend more time learning about and enjoying the animals and less time figuring out where to park, buy tickets and find a washroom.
Pate says this year’s flooding also impacted their attendance. With Interstate 29 and 680 closed, fewer visitors made the trip north or south to visit the zoo.
Pate says the zoo is also finalizing plans for the vacated Rosenblatt Stadium property
Pate says one improvement they are looking forward