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Zoo getting upgrades in the New Year

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Monroe, La. (KNOE 8 news) - The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo is swinging into the New Year with multiple projects. The splash pad should be open by the end of spring. And now they are looking to remodel their kitchen. It's a new year and practically a new zoo.

The chill isn't stopping people from going to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo and it isn't slowing down the revamping efforts either. Director Joe Clawson said they're working the gardens, buying a new freezer and trying to find a contractor to remodel the kitchen to meet the new USDA standards.

"Anything we do is not a standard job. So you have to have people who are a little bit flexible in what they can do and what they could work with because it is not going to be the same as what you would do," Clawson said.

The zoo secured funding for the new splash pad last year and hopes to have it completed sometime in the spring. Clawson said this year's big project has been tried before, but he thinks 2014 is the year it's going to happen.

"We recently reorganized the zoological society and they are about to gear up and go full board toward bringing the train back. So that is another thing that should be back in the short horizon," Clawson said.

There is a lot going on here at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo but with all the projects there is a need for more money and the community's support.

"We also need participation from the community. If anyone has anything to donate, time, skills, material or money, we will find a good fit for anything someone has to donate," Clawson said.  

Clawson did say they are thankful for all the support they've received from the city and the community to make the zoo an even better place, but could always use more help.

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